Monday, November 5, 2007

Adam a Jeremy Say: Geek Alert

Take a look at the stars tonight to see the "once in a lifetime event".

The comet 17P/Holmes is apparently exploding and can seen more easily than usual.

Here is what the AP says about it:

"The comet is exploding and its coma, a cloud of gas and dust illuminated by the sun, has grown to be bigger than the planet Jupiter. The comet lacks the tail usually associated with such celestial bodies but can be seen in the northern sky, in the constellation Perseus, as a fuzzy spot of light about as bright as the stars in the Big Dipper.
'This is truly a celestial surprise,' Paul Lewis(director of astronomy outreach at the University of Tennessee) said. 'Absolutely amazing.'
Until Oct. 23, the comet had been visible to modern astronomers only with a telescope, but that night it suddenly erupted and expanded."

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