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Wednesday, October 24

Naked eye comet suddenly visible !

A surprise naked eye comet is apparently visible in the northern skies at the moment. Up until yesterday Comet Holmes was magnitude 17, yesterday it apparently brightened unexpectedly to magnitude 3 (that over 400,000 times increase in brightness!). Astronomers have no idea what is going on, the comet was closest to the sun back in May and is moving away from the sun now.

Stuart has all the details and finder charts over at Cumbrian Sky. Have a look and see if you can see anything.

Chris.

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