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  Summary: Comet 17P/Holmes shocked astronomers on Oct. 24, 2007, with a spectacular eruption. In less than 24 hours, the 17th magnitude comet brightened by a factor of nearly a million becoming a naked-eye object in the evening sky. Look for a golden 2.5th magnitude fuzzball in the constellation Perseus after sunset. [sky map] [ephemeris] [3D orbit]
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Eric Allen,
Observatoire du Cegep de Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Canada
Oct. 24, 2007

I've never seen anything like it!! It almost looks liike a planet! Image of comet Holmes with a 16'' F11 Cassegrain. Field is 8' by 8' with North at left and East up. ST-9E exposures of 1 second in Red and Green, 1,6 second in Blue. Taken 22h30 EDT on October 24th

Pierre Martin,
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Oct. 24, 2007
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Comet 17P/Holmes is very easy to find this evening with the naked eyes! It appeared like a 2.5 magnitude object. I did not see any tail nor did I see even a hint of a coma. It's the most star-like comet I've ever seen. With my binoculars, it appeared slightly yellowish. It was like Perseus suddenly had a new star in it.

Laurent Laveder,
Quimper, Bretagne, France
Oct. 24, 2007
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Comet Holmes is really an incredible object, like a new star in the middle of the thigh of Perseus. It's unbelievable to think that a few hours ago, this comet wasn't visible even with a good telescope, and now, it's easily visible with naked-eyes even in a town! It's a great comet for Full Moon nights...

Babak Tafreshi,
Tehran, Iran
Oct. 24, 2007
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"This is unbelievable!" says Iranian astronomer Babak Tafreshi. "I was amazed to find Comet Holmes so easily with the naked-eye in the light-polluted skies of metropolitan Tehran."

P-M Hedén,
Vallentuna, Sweden
Oct. 24, 2007
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Amazing! The comet is so bright that I had to do a short exposure not getting the comet overexposured in the photo! A really surprise!

Martin McKenna,
Magheram Co. Derry, N. Ireland
Oct. 24, 2007
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Hi Tony Even in a blanket of cirrostratus I could see this comet easily with the naked eye like a true Nova breaking up the shape of Perseus - incredible!!!. It looks orange-red with the naked eye but in the scope I could see a compact lively coma surrounding a glorious gold disk. What a strange looking comet - the likes of which I have never seen before. What a nice treat for Halloween!!. A few images are attached. FujiS5600 5.1MP at ISO800/15 sec exp at F/3.2

Keith Geary,
Shercock, Co.Cavan, Ireland.
Oct. 24, 2007
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Wow!!!!! This is the single most strangest comet I have ever seen in my Life, earlier today, an alert went out that this comet had suddenly brighened from a predicted magnitude 17 to magnitude 3 - incredible, I wonder how this has happened? I quickly set up my 15x70mm binoculars and I easily found it in the constellation Perseus, just about 5 degrees from Alpha Persei at magnitude 1.8, also the star Delta Persei is at magnitude 3.0, from these two stars, I can see the comet at about magnitude 2.5 !!!!! I could immediately see that it is very much yellow in colour, just like the planet Saturn, and it is definitely non star like, with a slighty elongated shape east-west, with no sign of a tail, especially since the near full moon is shining brightly. This can easily be mistaken for a nova, and is easily visible with the naked eye ! Here is a quick shot that I took.....this will grab many headlines over the next few days... Keith....

Douglas Slauson,
Swisher, Iowa
Oct. 24, 2007
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Comet 17P/Holmes - This is an unusual comet, nova-like to the unaided eye, and easily visible despite the nearly-full moon. Approximately as bright as Polaris. Obvious central condensation, yellowish color in 15x70 binoculars, no visible tail. Exposure info: Canon 350D Rebel XT, 1 sec., ISO 1600, f/10, Celestron 9.25" telescope. The image was cropped.

Vladimir Ladinsky,
Moscow reginon Russia
Oct. 24, 2007

We have a cloudy weather here and I can shot only 6?10sec exposures with 300D and 135mm lens. Comet very bright and visible thru cloudy mist with unaided eye.

more images (Oct. 24): from Fred Koestner of Saint Louis Park, Minnesota; from Runar Sandnes of Reed, Norway; from Paul Evans of Larne, Northern Ireland; from Valentin Grigore of Targoviste, Romania; from Frank Ryan Jr of Shannon, Ireland; from Jose A. Padin of La Coruña, Spain; from Trevor Durity of Galway, Ireland; from Rob Philburn of Hyde, UK; from Tiziano Casanova of Sanremo (IM), Italy, Europe; from Oscar Blanco of La Coruna, Spain; from Ernesto Guido & Giovanni Sostero using a remotely controlled telescope in New Mexico;