Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Comet Machholz has Babies!
Comet Machholz has babies! Well, two fragments really. Leading the main comet by about 5 hours. You can't see them on this image, as my family (looks at eldest son) has used up all our high speed internet this month, I can only download the low resolution images.
But that doesn't matter, there are some high resolution videos from the Sungrazer folks here, LASCO C2: MP4 (1.8M) and C3: MP4 (5.9M).
Comet fragmentation is a lot more common than we might think (remember comets Elenin and Lovejoy), and comet Machholz is a particularly interesting case.
I think it will turn up in the STEREO images, but I really have to wait to get my bandwidth back.
Here's a video I made.