Above is an image of Comet Holmes taken from Lubbock, Texas, on 5 November 2007. Comet Holmes is the bright shinning orb toward the bottom center of the picture. A zoomed in view of the comet is located in the upper left-hand corner. The Photo was taken by Todd Lindley. Click on the image for a larger view.
Above is an image of Comet Holmes taken from Lubbock, Texas, on 5 November 2007. Comet Holmes is the bright shinning orb toward the bottom center of the picture. A zoomed in view of the comet is located in the upper left-hand corner. The Photo was taken by Todd Lindley. Click on the image for a larger view.

Comet Holmes in the Evening Sky

Comet Holmes is now plainly visible to the naked eye. Its size and brightness even allow for viewing from urban areas, though darker skies and telescopes will enhance the experience. The comet has evolved from a tremendous explosion that took place on 23 Oct 2007. After the explosion, Comet Holmes increased in brightness a million-fold in less than 24 hours. Since the explosion, the sunshine yellow core has been expanding, though no one knows the underlying cause of the explosion or current expansion.

Regardless of exactly why it is happening, you can enjoy a view of Comet Holmes by looking toward the constellation Perseus. Comet Holmes will look like a fuzzy star in the northeast sky after sunset. For more information on Comet Holmes and how to locate it CLICK HERE.

Below is a location map for Comet Holmes. Click on the image to enlarge it. Map is courtesy of Sky and Telescope magazine.
Below is a location map for Comet Holmes. Click on the image to enlarge it. Map is courtesy of Sky and Telescope magazine.

 

 


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