Saturday, November 24, 2007

Comet Holmes visits Mirfak - Photo by Ed Johnson, Los Angeles, California

Comet Holmes visits Mirfak
Originally uploaded by edhiker
For no apparent reason, it erupted from a very dim magnitude 17 to about magnitude 2½. Within a day its starlike nucleus had expanded into a perfectly round, bright little disk in binoculars and telescopes. It looked like no comet ever seen" , S&T

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Canon RAW 9572-82 (11) 1600 30s
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Monday, November 19, 2007

All night Comet Holmes visits Mirfak

This is a full frame jpg ride-along to a series of RAWs - will do more to this capture when I have time. Note light clouds in lower right. Low clouds covered some of Los Angeles light pollution, just under my level of 2200'.

Why did Comet Holmes brighten by a factor of a million - the puzzle is discussed at

Map of area around comet and Mirfak is at :

About the star Mirfak -
MIRFAK (Alpha Persei). Perseus, the ancient hero who rescued Andromeda.

Telescope setup is at

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