Originally posted by apc
Found it tonight and I was surprised. The great big blur was unmistakable. But even with my strongest lense with the cloud filling the entire view I
couldn't make out the nucleus.
You are luckier than I am, we have had nothing but clouds and rain for the past week.
As another side note you know your astronomy book is out of date if it talks about the Andromeda Nebula...
Yes, I would venture a guess that it is about 70 years out of date.
Originally posted by NGC2736
No "end of the world" from this.
Well that must be a disappointment for many, but hey... THAT event is not scheduled until 2012
I just LOVE the way NASA phrases things these days
BEWARE THE JELLYFISH:
Comet 17P/Holmes is swallowing a star!
Readers liken the view through a backyard telescope to a giant space-faring jellyfish gobbling a phosphorescent treat. Although Comet Holmes is
now fading to the limits of naked-eye visibility, the star-comet duo is still easy to find in the northern sky after sunset: sky map. Point your
telescope and enjoy the meal.
Where lives a heart so dead and mind so numb, that it could spend time in the company of the heavens and not speak with lilted tone amid currents of
passion? Has a man been born that can still the thrill these wonders cause? If so, I care not to meet such a wretch.
I doubt there is any scientific reason to get excited about the comet transitioning Mirfak, but it may make for some nice photographs. Someone started
a thread about the astrological significance of it, and pointed out that it will also transition the star Algol in Jan. 2008 which is supposed to mean
something. I didn't read the whole thread, just the OP.
Over the past five days I obtained footage of Comet Holmes which was filmed by John Lenard Walson. The first video shows the comet close up. We
noticed a dark flash from its centre and decided to analyse the footage a bit more. I inverted the footage and changed some of the gamma/brightness
and contrast settings and this was the result: (this video also contains an object at the end but has no relation(as far as I am aware of) to the
Comet Holmes Colour Analysis and Object (not related)
Then we did another film and noticed a dark object which look like it is underneath the comet. Also we doscovered some strange faint structure behind
the comet, this led us to believe that the "comet" is much larger than we have been led to believe. The dark object looks like a planet but could
also be something else:
Comet Holmes - Would the REAL Comet Holmes please stand up!
Comet Holmes Is Not Alone
Yesterday I was given this footage, the dark object has suddenly become as bright as Holmes. THIS VIDEO CLEARLY SHOWS TWO OBJECTS.:
Gridkeeper, your videos are interesting and I like the music in the third one, but why is it that I have not seen anyone else with a photograph of the
It would be helpful if you would also provide additional info with the videos like the date, location, model of camera, and length of exposure. Things
like that. That would go along way in adding credibility to them.
Would your friend consider coming here to ATS and explaining what he saw, and make the data available? It would certainly get a wider audience
than the You Tube crowd, not to mention a viewing by some people with more intelligent questions than those he could get in feedback off of You
And unlike many forums, even here on ATS, there isn't often a lot of nastiness displayed, so he shouldn't have to worry about that. I would love to
hear his own personal take on this, and see the knowledgeable people here get to look at his data.
Originally posted by apc
I know there's speculation abound that this is something other than a comet. However I think the fact that it is following an orbit around the Sun
limits the possibilities, doesn't it?
Well, it could have been manouevred into solar orbit (possibly one calculated to simulate the orbit of a comet) back in 1883 or whenever it was the
good Rev. Holmes first spotted it. The flares seen on that occasion may have been from thrusters firing to make the final orbital adjustments.
And this time round? Maybe it's leaving us. Has anyone checked to see whether it's still following its known orbital path?
You know what would make me wet myself laughing? An alien spacecraft that entered the solar system, hung about for a century or so in pursuit of ends
evidently unconnected with Earth and its self-regarding inhabitants, and finally left without so much as acknowleding their existence.
Has anyone checked to see whether it's still following its known orbital path?
Yes, it is still following its known orbital path. That's because it is a comet. It is not an alien spacecraft on some covert hundred year mission to
explore the Solar System. It is not the second coming of the Messiah. It is a normal object in a normal orbit around the Sun. There is nothing strange
about it. It just happens to be doing something that few other comets have been seen to do. Comets break apart and fragment on a frequent basis. It's
just that 17P/Holmes appears to do this on a spectacular scale.
I haven't looked at these YouTube videos yet (simply because I am writing this on a PC that uses a slow ISDN connection), but I will check them out
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