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OK I may have caught your attention, but this one is for those who may be vaguely interested. Comet 17Pholmes (yes that's its name) is not normally visible to the naked eye, "exploded" around the 26th October.

 

It can now be seen in the NNE about an hour after sunset.Although naked eye visible,it looks its best in a pair of binoculars.(If you want any more details,a number of astronomy web sites have maps giving details-it is in the constellation of Perseus.)

 

A once-faint comet has made a sudden leap from obscurity to center stage. Comet 17P/Holmes, now visible to northern hemisphere residents, increased its brightness by a factor of one million this week, going from magnitude 17 to 2. This makes it visible to the unaided eye as well as binoculars and telescopes, offering a unique viewing opportunity for sky watchers

 

There is no tail, just a fuzzy spot.

 

Look up from Mars then when you start seeing stars it's to the left.

 

Uk

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Too much cloud over the country last night, may get lucky tonight.

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My brother in law is a professor of astrophysics - he told me about this, (he thinks after knowing him for 25 years I get what he's talking about lol) I don't even know where I should be looking:confused:

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NNE. .

 

North North East on the Compass. If you know where North is, it should be to the right.

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Thanks UK, I'll let you know if I see it

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