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Snaggy

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Icon 1 posted October 28, 2007 19:14      Profile for Snaggy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Comet 17P/Holmes had an eruption a few days ago. Instead of being 17th magnitude - only visible to powerful telescopes - it's now 3rd magnitude. This makes it relatively easy to spot with the unaided eye.

I've been clouded over the last few days, but hopefully that will end soon.

Here's a neat picuture comparing the exploding comet with Jupiter's size....

http://www.spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=27&month=10&year=2007

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Icon 1 posted October 30, 2007 01:57      Profile for TheMoMan         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Snaggy _________________________________ Last night Oct. 29 here in Mi. we had great star viewing weather. So armed with the star charts and a lot of clear star we were out looking and feel we found the Comet, Then the Moon came up well we might as well go back in it was getting cold anyway.

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Icon 1 posted October 30, 2007 18:40      Profile for Zwilnik   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Just had a look out and spotted it tonight.

Big fuzzy star, straight up at the moment.

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Icon 1 posted October 30, 2007 19:55      Profile for Tech Angel     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I saw it for the first time last Friday night and have been watching it each night since. Even with city lights, a hazy sky, and the near full moon, it was quite visible on Friday, though without knowing what you're looking at it would simply appear to be another star. Through binoculars it's quite obviously the "fuzzy snowball" characteristic of comets without tails. As of this evening (Tuesday) it's large enough that you can tell it's not a star (to the naked eye it looks like a tiny nebula or star cluster).

Pretty cool! I hope it continues to get brighter and grows a tail.

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Icon 1 posted October 31, 2007 01:14      Profile for littlefish   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
But just how did Steve Jobs manage to control it? His RDF must extend into space I guess!

http://www.tuaw.com/2007/10/30/the-icomet/

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Icon 3 posted November 01, 2007 11:30      Profile for Snaggy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
The comet's physical diameter is now seven times wider than the planet Jupiter--and it is still expanding.

http://www.spaceweather.com

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Snaggy

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Icon 3 posted November 03, 2007 21:01      Profile for Snaggy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
spotted it tonight via naked eye without much problem, and through the binocs, an easily distinguished fuzzy snowball. [Smile]
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Well, I tried to find it on Wednesday night, but only succeeded in finding Perseus, not the comet. Tonight I'm snuggled up in my plush recliner on the porch* and would be set to find the comet tonight, but some heavy clouds have rolled in, and it looks like rain or snow.

*yup. this household owns three recliners. we have a giant deck but no comfy porch furniture, so when i had an opportunity to buy this recliner for $6, i jumped at the chance. it's soooo comfy! i keep it covered with a tarp and bun-gee cords so it doesn't get wet and gross.

Oh shucks!!!!! It's starting to rain!!!

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