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Re: Science 17P/Holmes Comet & Denial

From: Michael Tarbell <mtarbell.nul>
Date: Sat, 03 Nov 2007 10:55:54 -0700
Archived: Sun, 04 Nov 2007 17:15:41 -0500
Subject: Re: Science 17P/Holmes Comet & Denial


>From: Vincent Boudreau <vincentboudreau.nul>
>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Fri, 02 Nov 2007 23:17:48 -0400 (EDT)
>Subject: Science 17P/Holmes Comet & Denial

>A unique astronomical event is occurring actually. It is
>baffling scientists: the 17P/Holmes Comet.

<snip>

>As we speak, the object's distance to Earth is more than twice
>the distance Earth-Mars.

>Seen through 8 power binoculars, the apparent diameter of the
>object is a conservative 25 times the apparent diameter of Mars.

>The real size of Holmes is thus 50 times the size of Mars.

>[I know Doc Bruce will jump on this one and demonstrate how
>wrong this reasoning is. I am waiting for the slashes. But I
>think I am not too far from reality.]

This is probably an underestimate. By the time this is posted,
the angular width of the coma will be on the order of 15 arc
minutes or larger. The current range from earth is roughly 2.4 x
10^8 km. The implied diameter of the coma is thus just over 10^6
km, or about 150 times the size of Mars.

<snip>

>One astronomer said that in, forty years of his career, he has
>never seen or heard of anything like this.

This is not the first time this comet has undergone sudden
outbursts. See:

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

I observed this comet last night with a small reflector under
excellent seeing conditions in western Colorado. It is quite
striking, and evolving substantially on a daily basis.

Mike



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