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'[EE]:: Comet 17/P Holmes'
2007\10\31@014421 by Russell McMahon

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Well known very dim periodic comet which is hard to find at
the best of times suddenly increases in brightness a million
fold about a week ago.
Pretty much a northern hemisphere event alas. (If it can
hang on at that brightness for another 2 weeks I may get to
see it.)

Cometography account of recent outburst

   http://cometography.com/pcomets/017p.html

Indicative photo
"Just another star" :-)

       http://www.spaceweather.com/comets/holmes/24oct07/Martin-Mc-Kenna1.jpg

Universe today

       http://www.universetoday.com/2007/10/24/comet-17pholmes-erupts-in-the-sky/


       http://tomsastroblog.com/?p=1314


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2007\10\31@070734 by Chris Smolinski

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Yes, I've observed it the last few days. Very easily a naked eye
object. Appears to be a fuzzy disc in binoculars. I haven't had a
chance to drag the scope out of the shed yet.

>Well known very dim periodic comet which is hard to find at
>the best of times suddenly increases in brightness a million
>fold about a week ago.
>Pretty much a northern hemisphere event alas. (If it can
>hang on at that brightness for another 2 weeks I may get to
>see it.)
>

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Black Cat Systems
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2007\10\31@091013 by David VanHorn

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Firing braking engines?  :)

2007\10\31@102651 by Herbert Graf

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On Wed, 2007-10-31 at 18:44 +1300, Russell McMahon wrote:
> Well known very dim periodic comet which is hard to find at
> the best of times suddenly increases in brightness a million
> fold about a week ago.
> Pretty much a northern hemisphere event alas. (If it can
> hang on at that brightness for another 2 weeks I may get to
> see it.)

Ya, had a look last night, impressive through binoculars, it's really
quite large. Very easy to spot with the naked eye. Brought my brother
outside, pointed him in the general direction and just told him to look
for the "fuzzy star", he found it in seconds.

TTYL

2007\10\31@102813 by Steve Moulding
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Russell McMahon wrote:
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You might want to see what Michael Covington is doing to track the progress
of 17/P Holmes.  He also talks a lot about how he gets his photographs,
which might be helpful to other amateur astronomers.  Scroll down to get all
the posts.

http://www.covingtoninnovations.com/michael/blog/0710/



2007\10\31@114445 by Russell McMahon

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> Firing braking engines?  :)

The thought occurred about instantaneously with my reading
it :-).
One can hope.
Firing warh .... :-(

It's argued that no race capable of intergalactic travel
would travel with hostile intent. I can't agree, but I see
their point.

The Fithp in "Footfall" were warlike because it was embedded
in their very nature to be as they were and it never
occurred to them to approach things differently. The idea
that they would have anything except a warlike reception was
foreign to their mindsets. The fact that they used "found"
technology to get ahead of where they should have been was
more an excuse than anything. I doubt if they would have
changed given a few more millenia.

"We come in peace, shoot to kill ..."

I dream that Gamma Ray bursters are starship accelerators -
an adequate way to get so close to light speed that you can
then surf the universe within a (longish) lifetime. Makes
quite a lot of sense when you look at the characteristics.
Makes it hard on the locals though. Monk ships use something
similar (but only produce a Nova) if a launch LASER can't be
procured. I'd like to know how Starseeds get their
acceleration using just a normal star.



       Russell


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