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The Comet "HOLMES" View it tonight

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  1. trapper mike

    trapper mike TS Member

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    The Comet

    Sorry, the comet will be back in about 7 years. The orbital period of this comet is 6.9 years.

    The fact it has made the news now is that over a period of several hours last toward the end of October, the comet had an explosive event, making it a naked eye object from one that would normally need a telescope. The magnitude went from 17 to 2.5 (The lower the number, the brighter the object. The full moon is Mag -12.7 and Venus, as seen currently in the pre-dawn sky is -4.4.

    The comet was observed in 1899 and 1906, but was "lost" after that. It re-emerged in 1964 and has been observed on each subsequent return.

    Currently the comet is between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.

    The event produced a million fold increase in brightness. Imagine Saturn becoming as bright as the moon in the course of 2 hours.

    Planning on dragging the old scope out tonight and giving it a look see.

    Probably more than you wanted to know, but enjoy viewing while you can.
     
  2. pj 999

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    The Comet

    Hate to seem stupid but is that nine o'clock eastern time or what time in Ohio?
     
  3. Hipshot 3

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    The Comet

    Everybody "should" be interested in this. We came from one. But of course, nobody thinks about things like THAT! I bet you don't even believe that you are moving 18 miles per second every day of you life[whether you like it of not. Bet most of you don't know how many times you've travelled around the sun either...do you? To bad!
     
  4. trapper mike

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    The Comet

    Spectacular view last night in the scope. Just like the picture.

    PJ999, that would be (pm your local time. Looks like a fuzzy star in the NNE sky.

    Hip, yep, I know how many times I have traveled around the sun :)

    Mike
     
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