Monday, October 29, 2007

Comet Holmes

Once in a great while, a comet will undergo an outgassing, or eruption, of gas and dust, and when that happens, it can brighten dramatically. Comet Holmes, a periodic comet, is heading outbound from the sun, and it decided to put on a show. Almost overnight, it brightened about a million times, going from Magnitude 17 to Magnitude 2.5 (about as bright as the North Star). Naturally, an amateur astronomer lives for such things, and wants to get some images. I went out to Brazos Bend State Park for some dark skies, and was able to get these.

Images were taken with a Canon EOS 20D, 300 mm telephoto lens, at 1600 ISO, exposure was 2 seconds. Just click on the pictures for a bigger image.

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