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Tucson_Tim
2007-Nov-19, 03:26 PM
Nice picture and some more info:

http://media.skyandtelescope.com/images/Comet+Holmes+Dyer_l.jpg

http://www.skyandtelescope.com/news/home/11372856.html



One possible explanation that's almost certainly not correct is that it was struck by an asteroidal fragment. Although this comet occupies the realm between Mars and Jupiter, its orbital inclination (19) actually keeps 17P/Holmes well separated from most denizens of the asteroid belt. Moreover, counting the outbursts that occurred during and after its discovery in 1892, three collisions would be needed to explain all the activity.

pkay
2007-Nov-20, 06:43 AM
what amazing images!
I wish I could see it from down under (35 lat Sth)

Noclevername
2007-Nov-20, 04:53 PM
It's been overcast here all week! Boo, hiss.

Tucson_Tim
2007-Nov-20, 05:01 PM
It's been overcast here all week! Boo, hiss.

It's kind of hard to see now with the naked eye since it is dimming and its current position is almost in front of Alpha Persei. The waxing gibbous Moon isn't helping in the early evening.