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Holmes’ Comet

  • Patrick Moore
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Abstract

Comets are the most erratic members of the Solar System. We never quite know how they are going to behave, and one of them, known officially as Comet 17P/Holmes, has given us a real surprise. Last October, it suddenly flared up from magnitude 17 to 2.5, and in less than 48 hours had brightened by a factor of over a million. Nothing quite like this had ever been seen before.

Keywords

Solar System Canary Island Globular Cluster Hubble Space Telescope Orbital Eccentricity 
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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • Patrick Moore
    • 1
  1. 1.FarthingsSelseyUK

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