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Originally posted by stereologist
reply to post by dragnet53
A huge mistake here is that Comet Holmes was yellow. It was not in the Hopi prophecies which are a recent invention. Five sun dogs? No. They weren't sun dogs. There are many ways to produce interesting atmospheric phenomena. Two sun dogs is the max. Other objects in the sky would be interesting and less common atmospheric phenomena.
For those interested in sun dogs did you know that on average they appear about twice a week? My kids and I see them all of the time and have a contest to see who can find them first.
Ummm comet holmes wasn't yellow. It was bluish.
One comet observer, Bob King (Minnesota, USA), made one of the confirming observations on October 24.17 and gave the magnitude as 7.1. He described it as appearing like a yellowish star. Interestingly, he reobserved the comet on October 24.47 and gave the magnitude as 4.0 with the naked eye!!
It became easily visible to the naked eye as a bright yellow "star" in Perseus, and by October 25 17P/Holmes appeared as the third brightest "star" in that constellation.