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Keep an eye out for the mysterious 'Halloween comet' and meteor shower
There is a comet in the northeastern sky called comet 17P/Holmes, but for the fun of it, let's call it the Halloween comet.
From the Stokesville observatory on Oct. 28, the comet was located directly in front of two distant stars, giving it the appearance of a ghostly, round object with two eyes.

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Comet 17P/Holmes that has unexpectedly brightened in the past couple of weeks and is now visible to the naked eye has people and students in Kutch district, especially in Bhuj, Rapar and Deshalpar Vandhay village, quite excited.

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Gardner-Webb University's Williams Observatory will be open to the public to view the Holmes Comet on Monday.
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An explosion on a distant comet, Holmes, has been examined by UK astronomers using the Isaac Newton Telescope (INT) on the Canary Islands.
The explosion was so big that the comet brightened by a factor of a million; and it can now be seen from the Northern Hemisphere with the naked eye.
Holmes is currently moving away from the Sun, and is almost midway between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.

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Universite de Montreal
October 29, 2007

Image taken with an I filter Oct 26 at 04:37 EDT (08:37 UT)
Image taken with a J filter taken at 04:10 EDT (08:10 UT).

Source Robert Lamontagne
Attache de presse/Press Officer
Societe canadienne d'astronomie/Canadian Astronomical Society (CASCA)



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