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Comet 17P/Holmes

Photographs by Matthew T. Russell

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Comet 17P/Holmes


Distance from Earth:
2.51 Astronomical Units

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Date Taken:

Black Forest, CO

16" RCOS Ritchey-Chretien
Bisque Paramount ME
AstroDon Series I Filter Set

Exposure Specs:
6 minutes total
Red: 1 x 120 sec
Grn: 1 x 120 sec
Blu: 1 x 120 sec

Processed with:
Adobe Photoshop CS2

Photograph Description

Discovered 1892 by Edwin Holmes.

The entire orbit of this comet is 6.9 years. Occassionally, this comet has an outburst of gas as shown in this photograph. This current outburst started on October 24th, 2007.

Normally, this comet is extremely dim and can only be seen through long exposure photography, not the unaided eye. Over the course of the last month, the brightness has gone through almost a 1 million increase.


Copyright 2007, Matthew T. Russell. All rights reserved.