Chris McKitterick (mckitterick) wrote,
Chris McKitterick

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

This is really cool: Almost overnight, the comet 17P/Holmes has just brightened from 17th magnitude (invisible to all but large telescopes) to 3rd magnitude (brighter than most stars) - so it's now easily visible to your naked eye!

Here's where to find it:

Click the image to see the story.

According to Astronomy Magazine's online story, "For observers at mid-northern latitudes... the comet lies about 30° high — one-third of the way from the horizon to straight overhead — at 9 p.m. local daylight time... the comet climbs directly overhead between 2 and 3 a.m. You'll have to contend with a nearly Full Moon all night, but you still should see the comet plainly."

Check it out! Let's hope it stays this bright after the Moon wanes a bit to make it more easily visible.

Tags: astronomy

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