Comet Holmes: Trick or Treat?
Comet Holmes Continues to Baffle and Amaze Onlookers
Astronomers around the world agree. Exploding Comet 17P/Holmes is one of the strangest things they've ever seen.
Last night, astrophotographer Alan Friedman of Buffalo, NY, took a close-up picture of the comet's core. "A strong deconvolution filter followed by multiple passes of unsharp mask and gaussian blur reveals startling new structure in comet 17P/Holmes."
If you haven't seen it yet, step outside after dinner tonight, and look for a narrow triangle of stars below the (sideways) W-shaped constellation Cassiopeia, but above (and slightly to the right of) the bright star Capella - the brightest in that part of the sky. Holmes is the "star" on the left side of the base of that triangle. See Chart Below