In a very unusual astronomical event the usually very low key Comet Holmes suddenly increased its brightness almost a million-fold in a 24 hour period in what is being described as an explosive outburst. It can now be seen by the naked eye in the northeast sky below Cassiopeiae (see figure).
"Skywatchers throughout the Northern Hemisphere report the newly visible Comet Holmes is a remarkable sight even under city lights. The comet, described in glowing terms by many observers, should continue to be visible to the naked eye for at least the next few weeks," Wired Magazine wrote.
"Only a couple comets each decade are this easy to see."
Astronomers are now excitedly debating just what the hell happen to Comet Holmes and why it doesn't have much of the traditional tail.
Explosive Outburst Makes Comet Visible to Naked Eye
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