Comet 103P/Hartley

Caught this image of Comet Hartley 2 - it is beginning to develop a hazy tail.

Hartley 2, or as it is officially known, 103P/Hartley is an interesting comet - Why is it interesting?

1. In October it may be visible with a pair of binoculars and maybe even with the naked eye - and that's always fun.
2. In October it will come fairly close to the earth.
3. In November 4, 2010, the Deep Impact spacecraft will flyby the comet, coming as close as 700 kilometers.

I'll be following it off and on for the next several weeks.

Comet Hartley ephmeris can be found here.

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