Breaking news: a x400,000 brightening of 17P/Holmes! October 25, 2007Posted by dorigo in astronomy, news.
Comet 17P/Holmes has experienced a huge outburst, brightening yesterday in the matter of hours from magnitude 16.8 to magnitude 3 and below. That is a jump of brightness of 400,000 times!!
The transformation has been spotted at 13:40UT on October 24th by Seiichi Yoshida in Yokohama, Japan. And the comet has continued to brighten since!
The comet is easy to find with naked eye in the evening sky for northern observers close to Mirfak, also known as Persei. Look for an extra star in Perseus, you will not miss it even under polluted skies. With large instruments it should look a bit like a dense globular cluster. The thing is far away, but bright! Don’t forget to comment here if you see it… The sky on northern Italy is expected to be bad tonight and tomorrow, darn it.
Read reports and see pictures by amateurs in this thread.