Holmes ! I believe I see a comet
Just a heads-up about Comet 17P/Holmes.
A periodic comet (that means it appears in our sky at regular intervals due to it's orbit around the sun) that is named after it's discover Edwin Holmes in 1892.
At this time we are kind of lucky, because Comet Holmes 'brightness' value (how easily it can be seen in the night sky) increased six times in the last few days…. Is 17P/Holmes going to explode??? Probably not, since during some past observations, it has demonstrated this behavior. It's 'period' is 6½ years and usually can't be easily seen (or even apparently easily found!) by astronomers
17P/HOLMES currently appears as a bright yellow star (3rd brightest in this Fall sky) in the northeastern sky. Within the constellation Perseus .. (attached graphics might help)
Step outside tonight to see one of the celestial phenomena that drove our ancestors crazy!
Last edited by Analyst_Rob; 10-30-2007 at 05:45 AM.
Ground Control to Major Tom
Your circuit’s dead, there’s something wrong
Can you hear me, Major Tom?