Comet Holmes

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Testing

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Hurry up ya lazy............... <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> </div>
 
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adrenalynn

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<img src="/images/icons/smile.gif" /><br /><br />Trying to process to preserve the tail and still black the sky aint easy. I might just let it go with some skyglow. <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p>.</p><p><font size="3">bipartisan</font>  (<span style="color:blue" class="pointer"><span class="pron"><font face="Lucida Sans Unicode" size="2">bī-pär'tĭ-zən, -sən</font></span></span>) [Adj.]  Maintaining the ability to blame republications when your stimulus plan proves to be a devastating failure.</p><p><strong><font color="#ff0000"><font color="#ff0000">IMPE</font><font color="#c0c0c0">ACH</font> <font color="#0000ff"><font color="#c0c0c0">O</font>BAMA</font>!</font></strong></p> </div>
 
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adrenalynn

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Photo is up in Amazing Images here: http://uplink.space.com/showflat.php?Cat=&Board=amazingimg&Number=822889&page=0&view=collapsed&sb=5&o=0&fpart=2&vc=1#Post822889<br /><br />It's at 1024x768. It was processed on my uncalibrated laptop which tends to be pretty hot. I'll look at it upstairs on the calibrated monitor and see how hideous it is. <img src="/images/icons/wink.gif" /> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p>.</p><p><font size="3">bipartisan</font>  (<span style="color:blue" class="pointer"><span class="pron"><font face="Lucida Sans Unicode" size="2">bī-pär'tĭ-zən, -sən</font></span></span>) [Adj.]  Maintaining the ability to blame republications when your stimulus plan proves to be a devastating failure.</p><p><strong><font color="#ff0000"><font color="#ff0000">IMPE</font><font color="#c0c0c0">ACH</font> <font color="#0000ff"><font color="#c0c0c0">O</font>BAMA</font>!</font></strong></p> </div>
 
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alokmohan

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New planetorium .Thanks for informing.Have you included Mr .Holmes in planetorium?
 
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alokmohan

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Comet 17P/Holmes remains a striking target for binoculars, small telescopes, and even the unaided eye. Take the time to see this unusual visitor, which leapt from obscurity to celebrity last week. <br /><br />For reasons astronomers don't entirely understand, the cosmic iceball flared in brightness by a million times in just 2 days. This outburst propelled the comet from a faint-fuzzy best viewed in a large amateur telescope to a star-like object observers throughout the Northern Hemisphere could easily see in a moonlit sky. <br /> <br /> <br />Bright Comet 17P/Holmes lies in the constellation Perseus, in the northeastern sky after darkness falls. Astronomy: Roen Kelly [larger image] <br />Some observers are calling 17P/Holmes the ultimate "urban comet." While it lacks a spectacular tail, the comet is easy to spot from city locations. Take the time to observe it carefully. After a few minutes, visual observers may notice that it appears distinctly un-starlike. Even low-power binoculars reveal a ghostly disk surrounding a bright center. <br /><br />Amateurs who image Comet Holmes are finding detailed structures related to its recent blast of dust and gas. And, although Holmes is an old, relatively inactive comet, many observers now report just a hint of a bluish gas tail. <br /><br />Comet Holmes currently lies 150 million miles (245 million km) from Earth and 230 million miles (370 million km) from the Sun. In early May, the comet reached its closest point to the Sun in its 6.88-year orbit. At that time, Holmes was about twice as far from the Sun as Earth. Since then, the comet has been increasing its distance from the Sun. Earth, traveling on an inside lane of the solar system, will pass Holmes November 5. <br /><br />The comet lies about 30° high — one-third of the way from the horizon to straight overhead — at 9 p.m. local daylight time. It then appears about twice as high as the bright star Capella. For observers at mid-northern latitudes, the comet climbs directly <a></a>
 
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usn_skwerl

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I've put a little tiny bit of thought into this comet while watching it through the ambient glow of philly light pollution, and something dawned on me;<br /><br />I don't know the iceball's dimensions, but could it have possibly hit space debris, or maybe something hit it causing the increase in presence? <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> </div>
 
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The nucleus is thought to have a maximum diameter of 3.4 kilometres / 2.1 miles, <br />so its mountain sized.<br /><br />Andrew Brown. <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font color="#000080">"I suddenly noticed an anomaly to the left of Io, just off the rim of that world. It was extremely large with respect to the overall size of Io and crescent shaped. It seemed unbelievable that something that big had not been visible before".</font> <em><strong><font color="#000000">Linda Morabito </font></strong><font color="#800000">on discovering that the Jupiter moon Io was volcanically active. Friday 9th March 1979.</font></em></p><p><font size="1" color="#000080">http://www.launchphotography.com/</font><br /><br /><font size="1" color="#000080">http://anthmartian.googlepages.com/thisislandearth</font></p><p><font size="1" color="#000080">http://web.me.com/meridianijournal</font></p> </div>
 
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usn_skwerl

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is my impact theory possible or have they ruled out that type of event? <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> </div>
 
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3488

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No, not at all.<br /><br />An imact is certainly possible. MeteorWayne has said elsewhere that Holmes <br />had flared before, but not on this scale. Pehaps Holmes has pockets of pressurised gas,<br />but an impact is also pretty likely.<br /><br />Andrew Brown. <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font color="#000080">"I suddenly noticed an anomaly to the left of Io, just off the rim of that world. It was extremely large with respect to the overall size of Io and crescent shaped. It seemed unbelievable that something that big had not been visible before".</font> <em><strong><font color="#000000">Linda Morabito </font></strong><font color="#800000">on discovering that the Jupiter moon Io was volcanically active. Friday 9th March 1979.</font></em></p><p><font size="1" color="#000080">http://www.launchphotography.com/</font><br /><br /><font size="1" color="#000080">http://anthmartian.googlepages.com/thisislandearth</font></p><p><font size="1" color="#000080">http://web.me.com/meridianijournal</font></p> </div>
 
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Yes, it does after all reside in the asteroid belt, so collisions, while unlikely, are not impossible.<br /><br />One possibility I thought of is that it ran into a chunk of itself that was ejected during the 1892 event.<br /><br />I don't have any evidence for that, but it would be the most likely thing to be in the same orbit.<br /><br />MW <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font color="#000080"><em><font color="#000000">But the Krell forgot one thing John. Monsters. Monsters from the Id.</font></em> </font></p><p><font color="#000080">I really, really, really, really miss the "first unread post" function</font><font color="#000080"> </font></p> </div>
 
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rybanis

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It figures that when this comet shows up, NOW the rainy season starts. I haven't had a clear night in a week and a half <img src="/images/icons/frown.gif" /> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> </div>
 
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MeteorWayne

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Well, you live in the Pacific Northwest, what the heck did you expect??? <img src="/images/icons/laugh.gif" /><br /><br />Brings up the last of my 3 or 4 visits to Beaverton, Oregon.<br /><br />I was there for 2 weeks and it rained one day. Mt Hood was visible every other day. What a view.<br />That was my last visit to Mt St Helens <img src="/images/icons/smile.gif" /><br /><br />One must accept that astronomy from the surface of the earth is a giant crapshoot. I've had a thunderstorm form over me for the Perseids peak when it was clear for 100 miles in every direction. We got more rain during that Perseid peak night than we had during the previous 4 months combined. In a 10 mile radius.<br /><br />I knew I had pissed off the Cosmic Muffin that night!!! <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font color="#000080"><em><font color="#000000">But the Krell forgot one thing John. Monsters. Monsters from the Id.</font></em> </font></p><p><font color="#000080">I really, really, really, really miss the "first unread post" function</font><font color="#000080"> </font></p> </div>
 
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votefornimitz

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There was a definite drop in apparent magnitude of the comet down here in Florida...<br /><br />It's still discernible with the naked eye though... <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <span style="color:#993366">In the event of a full scale nuclear war or NEO impact event, there are two categories of underground shelters available to the public, distinguished by depth underground: bunkers and graves...</span> </div>
 
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MeteorWayne

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It's an old reference, along with Hoary Thuderer to the Creator of the Universe. <img src="/images/icons/smile.gif" /> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font color="#000080"><em><font color="#000000">But the Krell forgot one thing John. Monsters. Monsters from the Id.</font></em> </font></p><p><font color="#000080">I really, really, really, really miss the "first unread post" function</font><font color="#000080"> </font></p> </div>
 
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alokmohan

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WHO IS HE ?Hoary Thuderer These are all roman to me.I need a glossay.
 
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3488

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Just been out & looked at Holmes under a very clear patch of sky.<br /><br />Since my last viewing Holmes appears almost twoice a wide & is definately more elongated.<br /><br />Had great trouble though finding it with the naked eye though, has faded enormously.<br /><br />Because I knew exactly where to look, it was no trouble finding it with the binoculars.<br /><br />Definately much larger, but much fainter.<br /><br />Andrew Brown. <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font color="#000080">"I suddenly noticed an anomaly to the left of Io, just off the rim of that world. It was extremely large with respect to the overall size of Io and crescent shaped. It seemed unbelievable that something that big had not been visible before".</font> <em><strong><font color="#000000">Linda Morabito </font></strong><font color="#800000">on discovering that the Jupiter moon Io was volcanically active. Friday 9th March 1979.</font></em></p><p><font size="1" color="#000080">http://www.launchphotography.com/</font><br /><br /><font size="1" color="#000080">http://anthmartian.googlepages.com/thisislandearth</font></p><p><font size="1" color="#000080">http://web.me.com/meridianijournal</font></p> </div>
 
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MeteorWayne

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Thanx, Andrew. My last look was two mornings ago, and it was still easy to spot naked eye during my meteor session.<br />It is clearing now, so I should get a look this evening. <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font color="#000080"><em><font color="#000000">But the Krell forgot one thing John. Monsters. Monsters from the Id.</font></em> </font></p><p><font color="#000080">I really, really, really, really miss the "first unread post" function</font><font color="#000080"> </font></p> </div>
 
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You are more than welcome MeteorWayne.<br /><br />It has definately grown, quite dramatically, but is a lot harder to see with the naked eye<br />(from here anyway), but is still visible. <br /><br />I will be going back out again later to get another look, as Holmes approaches the Zenith.<br /><br />Andrew Brown. <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font color="#000080">"I suddenly noticed an anomaly to the left of Io, just off the rim of that world. It was extremely large with respect to the overall size of Io and crescent shaped. It seemed unbelievable that something that big had not been visible before".</font> <em><strong><font color="#000000">Linda Morabito </font></strong><font color="#800000">on discovering that the Jupiter moon Io was volcanically active. Friday 9th March 1979.</font></em></p><p><font size="1" color="#000080">http://www.launchphotography.com/</font><br /><br /><font size="1" color="#000080">http://anthmartian.googlepages.com/thisislandearth</font></p><p><font size="1" color="#000080">http://web.me.com/meridianijournal</font></p> </div>
 
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MeteorWayne

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I have to wait a while. That annoying sun is still above the horizon <img src="/images/icons/wink.gif" /> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font color="#000080"><em><font color="#000000">But the Krell forgot one thing John. Monsters. Monsters from the Id.</font></em> </font></p><p><font color="#000080">I really, really, really, really miss the "first unread post" function</font><font color="#000080"> </font></p> </div>
 
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adrenalynn

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I'm still about 6.5hrs from gettign a decent look. I didn't have a chance the last two nights due to cloud cover, but today is looking glorious. <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p>.</p><p><font size="3">bipartisan</font>  (<span style="color:blue" class="pointer"><span class="pron"><font face="Lucida Sans Unicode" size="2">bī-pär'tĭ-zən, -sən</font></span></span>) [Adj.]  Maintaining the ability to blame republications when your stimulus plan proves to be a devastating failure.</p><p><strong><font color="#ff0000"><font color="#ff0000">IMPE</font><font color="#c0c0c0">ACH</font> <font color="#0000ff"><font color="#c0c0c0">O</font>BAMA</font>!</font></strong></p> </div>
 
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rybanis

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Saw it 2 nights ago! It was awesome. This morning I could see it when going to work (early) quite clearly. Very cool. <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> </div>
 
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usn_skwerl

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ill make a trip off the back porch in about 15-20 mins to see if philly light still allows me to see the comet with the mk.I light receptors. <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> </div>
 
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MeteorWayne

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Wow, what a change during the last few cloudy nights. It is huge but very faint. I guess as the material spreads out, the reflected light is spread over a larger area.<br /><br />A very interesting comet indeed! <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font color="#000080"><em><font color="#000000">But the Krell forgot one thing John. Monsters. Monsters from the Id.</font></em> </font></p><p><font color="#000080">I really, really, really, really miss the "first unread post" function</font><font color="#000080"> </font></p> </div>
 
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ashish27

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Okay, my tonights observation of comet holmes shocked me. The time i saw it was around 1900GMT(23:30 local time) it appeared huge and very yellowish with the naked eye.<br /><br />My question is it growing in size? And is it going to become a permanent naked eye object in the sky?
 
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