Sunday, November 11, 2007

Comet Holmes

Well, took a look last night and tonight - which is a beautiful clear night - but it's not a patch on the magnificent Hale-Bopp, which we drove to the Welsh Borders to look at ten years back, when it covered about a third of the horizon-zenith angle in a dark sky.

Comet Holmes looks with the naked eye like a small fuzzy round blob in the sky. With binoculars it looks like a fuzzy round blob in the sky, and with my mighty 130PM it looks like a fuzzy round blob with a centre. No tail, alas, because it's pointing away from us.

Photo - Sky and Telescope. At this time of night Cassiopeia is pretty much overhead with Perseus to the west of it.