Exploding Comet 17P/Holmes Can Be Seen with Naked Eye Tonight, Oct. 29, 2007

Take a glimpse of this way cool, amazing Comet 17P/Holmes. More photos taken around the world recently may be viewed here. Our favorite view was taken in France. We'll be having our science observation tonight over home-brewed hot choco. Who said learning has to be conducted between 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (varies from district to district?)

Space Weather News for Oct. 29, 2007 Last week, Comet 17P/Holmes shocked sky watchers around the world with a sudden million-fold increase in brightness. It literally exploded into view, rapidly becoming a naked eye "star" in the constellation Perseus. Since then, the comethas expanded dramatically. It is now physically larger than the planet Jupiter and subtends an angle in the night sky similar to the Moon's Sea of Tranquility, the right eye of the "Man in the Moon." Photographers, this amazing comet is an excellent target for off-the-shelf digital cameras and backyard telescopes. It grows visibly from night to night and no one knows how large it will become. Stay tuned to http://spaceweather.com/ for sky maps and the latest images.

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