Thursday, October 25, 2007

comet Holmes

A most unusual comet has appeared in the northeastern evening sky. Above is a photo I took of Comet Holmes last night with my old Celestron 8 and the Nikon Coolpix 995. It is very visible to the naked eye, although a pair of binoculars will help you locate it for the first time. The comet has increased in magnitude from 17 (invisible in most amateur telescopes) to 2.5 in a few days; it is getting brighter by the day (or is it night?). You can read more about it here; a map to help you find it is here.