Flintstone Stargazing

November 6, 2007

Tonight’s Comet 17P/Holmes photos

Filed under: astronomy, Astrophotography, Comets, Observation Journal — Tags: — Ed @ 11:02 pm

Comet 17P/Holmes time lapse from 10/26/07 to 11/6/07

Here is the time lapse image I’ve been compositing. So far, I’ve only missed 2 days since I started. Each of these images has the background stars lined up with each other so you can see the comet’s path across the sky in these images. Click on the image and then click view all sizes to see the time lapse image at full resolution. Below is tonight’s image of Comet 17P/Holmes.

Comet 17P/Holmes on 11/6/07
Comet 17P/Holmes on 11/6/07

You can see that the top left is starting to spread out away from the comet like a more traditional tail and the bottom right is much more crisp. Boy is it cold tonight, but it’s also been beautiful out – I’m able to see andromeda without binoculars.



  1. Cool! And yes, I can attest… COLD as well. Does this comet have a history with earth? Orbit?

    Comment by Andy McC. — November 7, 2007 @ 10:26 pm

  2. It was quite chilly tonight as well. The comet is in orbit around the Sun and actually its closest approach to Earth was either today or yesterday. It never gets any closer to the sun than about 180 million miles. The Wikipedia article on it is actually really good at describing its history and stuff.

    Comment by Ed — November 7, 2007 @ 11:38 pm

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