[meteorite-list] Fw: Comet Holmes Swallows a Star

From: dmouat <dmouat_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Nov 2007 13:30:08 -0800
Message-ID: <47420060.6090308_at_dri.edu>

Dear Listees

I checked out Comet "Bob" Holmes last night from the very clear skies of
Truckee, California (1,800m; 6,000') with a decent pair of binocs.
Mirfak was touching the east side of the comet. A very impressive
(spectacular??) sight and you don't need a telescope.


Jerry wrote:

> check this out. unfortunately for me it's clouded over tonight
> Jerry Flaherty
> ----- Original Message ----- From:
> <Space.Weather.Alert.Service at spaceweatherphone.com>
> To: <grf2 at verizon.net>
> Sent: Monday, November 19, 2007 4:10 PM
> Subject: Comet Holmes Swallows a Star
>> Hi, This is Dr. Tony Phillips calling with an alert about Comet
>> Holmes. It's Monday, Nov. 19th.
>> This a message for people with backyard telescopes. Tonight, Comet
>> 17P/Holmes will swallow a star! Not really, but the comet will pass
>> directly in front of the star--named Mirfak, the brightest star of
>> the constellation Perseus. The overall effect will be that of a giant
>> cosmic jellyfish swallowing a phosphorescent treat. You can see it
>> happen through even a small backyard telescope. The stellar "meal"
>> will continue for the next few nights, so if you miss it tonight, try
>> again tomorrow.
>> http://spaceweather.com/images2007/15nov07/skymap_north_holmes.gif
>> PHOTO GALLERY: http://spaceweather.com/comets/gallery_holmes_page18.htm
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Received on Mon 19 Nov 2007 04:30:08 PM PST

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