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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.

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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

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steve98052
Dec. 5th, 2007 03:31 pm (UTC)
Clouded out. Grrr.

Cool picture, though, for us who can't see anything but rain-clouds.

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