This comet is making very little news on mainstream media but it’s one to keep on eye on… On October 24th, 2007 Comet Holmes (17P) went from a little dim thing to a very big bright thing overnight that can be seen with the naked eye. The dramatic change astounded astronomers around the world.
The above picture was taken November 21st and it’s a great comparison showing how the ‘halo’ of the comet is just slightly larger than the moon. The picture is from Sky and Telescope and they are providing regular updates on the comet.
There is also an entry about Comet Holmes at Wikipedia . And believe me, Wikipedia is well worth checking out – there’s a wealth of information about the comet and the pictures posted there are very interesting with many from all over the world.
Performing some searches will bring up articles like Obscure Comet Brightens Suddenly and Hubble Zooms In On Heart Of Mystery Comet — Comet Holmes. If you’re like me you can’t learn enough about a subject…
So get the coordinates, grab your binoculars and head outside. If nothing else it will get you away from the computer and breathing some fresh air!