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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Does size Matter?


A side by side comparison of Comet Holmes, The Sun, and Saturn provided by space.com

The atmosphere of relatively tiny Comet Holmes has grown to become the single largest object in the solar system according to astronomers at The University of Hawaii's observatory.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/space/20071115/sc_space/incrediblecometbiggerthanthesun

Discovered on November 6th, 1892 by Edwin Holmes the Holmes Comet shares it's discovery year with another famous Holmes...it was October 31st 1892 when Conan Doyle released "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes". Gone but never forgotten BIG guy John Holmes also comes to mind...


Personally, I'm more than a little amazed that this heavenly anomaly hasn't received more coverage in the eso-research community. Heck, I'm amazed it took this long for me to mention it. I guess size really does matter...

On Monday, Nov. 19, the comet will create a unique skywatching event with its see-through coma, according to the Web site Spaceweather.com: "The comet will glide by the star Mirfak [also called Alpha Persei] and appear to swallow it—a sight not to be missed."







6 comments:

Michael said...

Would have thought I would have noticed the John Holmes angle. :-) Good catch.

FilmNoir23 said...

Nahhh Michael, this ain't 1 up's . Your work is TOP shelf my friend! Just trying to keep up here.

JB said...

November 19th again... the beginning of the "5th night" period of the Mayan calendar. Can't wait.

JB said...

UPDATE: "Matt Haibees Part 2 (and All Star Superman)" over at my sight.

Anji said...

nice:)

reminds me of the post by Eugene at TUS -- The Big Dick In the Sky

FilmNoir23 said...

I don't think I am familiar with TUS anji but thanks.