November 5, 2007

See Comet without Equipment

Today I read on MSN that you will be able to see the comet, Comet 17P/Holmes, with the naked eye. And not only that, they show could go on for a couple of weeks.

The comet is exploding and its coma, a cloud of gas and dust illuminated by the sun, has grown to be bigger than the planet Jupiter
With that being said, you should be able to see this comet in the north sky, as a fuzzy dot in the constellation Perseus. The bright dot should appear about as large as the stars in the big dipper. The only thing is the comet does not have a tail like most other comets. This will make it a little more difficult to see.

Keep an eye out tonight if it's clear to the north of you. It's a once in a lifetime event. The comet had only been visible with telescope, but has recently gotten brighter, thus allowing you to see it with your naked eye.

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