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Thursday, November 8

Don't give up on comet Holmes yet

Our impromptu comet watch may have been clouded out on Tuesday but the comet is still there and clearly visible to the naked eye.

I've just been observing it from the back garden and it is an impressive sight in my 15x70 binoculars. The comet has definitely got bigger since I last saw it. It's still bright, but the brightness is spread over a larger area, hence it's more difficult to see even though it has the same magnitude.

Apparently the cloud of the debris around the comet is now around 70% the diameter of the sun!

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