I took a look at Comet Holmes last night. It is a comet that has fallen off my radar, and I'm not the only one. Most astronomers have moved onto other things. For a while, this comet flared up unexpectedly and was amazingly bright. Tonight I thought I might see a tiny dot, and really expected to have to take several images so that I could tell which dot was moving. However, I only needed one image - Comet Holmes still has a distinct tail. We are looking straight into it, rather than seeing the classic profile, so the comet appears as a round haze.

It is not the bright object it was a couple of months ago, but it is still an interesting object.

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