Flintstone Stargazing

November 1, 2007

Tonight’s Comet 17P/Holmes Photos

Filed under: astronomy, Astrophotography, Comets, Observation Journal — Tags: — Ed @ 10:09 pm


Comet 17P/Holmes time lapse from 10/26/07 and 11/1/07

I got my comet fix for the evening just minutes before clouds filled the sky. Above is my time-lapse of Comet 17P/Holmes. You can see that the coma is starting to overlap the previous day’s image. It also, it seems to me, is getting a bit harder to see with the naked eye – the comet as a whole may have a greater magnitude or maybe the same as before, but it’s over a larger area because of the continuing dispersion of the material from the comet. Or maybe it’s just because there was so much moisture in the atmosphere and seeing wasn’t too good tonight.

I also saw the brightest shooting star I’ve ever seen tonight. It was headed south east and flared unbelievably bright just before it disappeared. Really neat.

Below is the image of the comet that I took this evening by itself. You can see a number of stars behind the comet shining through. If you look at my post from yesterday (Halloween) about the comet, you can see those stars as they looked before the comet passed in front of them. Also it seems to me that the lower right edge of the comet is much more crisply defined and the upper left is becoming more diffuse. I would think that indicates the beginnings of a real tail as the solar wind pushes the ejected material.

Comet 17P/Holmes on 11/1/2007
Comet 17P/Holmes on 11/1/2007

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2 Comments »

  1. i have a few timelapses of the comet on my page. will be going out tonight to try to get some more with a bigger lens

    Comment by thomas — November 5, 2007 @ 3:22 pm

  2. Cool – are you using drift scanning to do your videos?

    Comment by Ed — November 5, 2007 @ 3:57 pm


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