December 5th, 2007

Comet 17P/Holmes

Astro-image of the day: Comet 17P/Holmes size comparison

This cool photo-montage shows the apparent size of the "Exploding Comet" 17P/Holmes compared to a more familiar object. Yes, it's now that big, but your unaided eye can only see the center portion of the comet. However, any old telescope or binoculars will give you a nice view of the whole jellyfish thing.

Click the image to see the story.

This photo was taken by Castor Csillagvizsgalo, a Hungarian amateur astronomer.

If you haven't taken the time to check it out, do so soon! There's no knowing how much longer it will remain visible. Remember, just a little over a month ago, it was only visible to big observatory telescopes, and then it unexpectedly exploded and brightened by a million times.

Chris