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Comet viewing

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Nov. 1, 2007 at 1:19 pm |
November 1, 2007 1:19 pm

Members of the Tacoma Astronomical Society are turning their telescopes toward Comet Holmes for three nights starting Friday, weather permitting.

The comet has caused a stir among astronomers since it exploded on Oct. 23.

Discovered on Nov. 6, 1892 by British astronomer Edwin Holmes, the comet can be seen in the northeast sky after sunset.

"Most people can recognize the constellation Cassiopeia (the big "W") so use the second and third star in the "W" to point towards the horizon into the heart of Perseus. The comet is the fuzzy looking star to the left of the center of Perseus," said TAS member Alice Few.

The comet is moving roughly parallel with the Earth and it’s tail is pointing away which is why it just looks like a fuzzy ball and not a typical comet with a tail, Few said.

Club members will be located behind the Sunrise Building at Pierce College, Fort Steilacoom campus, 7-9 p.m. Friday, 7:30-11 p.m. Saturday and 7-9 p.m. Sunday.

As part of the club’s public night event Saturday member Dave Armstrong will give a presentation on "Telescopes, Binoculars, & Great Gifts for Astronomers."

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