Thursday, November 15, 2007

Comet Holmes, now biggest object in solar system!

Comet Holmes now bigger than the the sun!

From astronomer David Jewett's page:

...Formerly, the Sun was the largest object in the Solar System. Now, comet 17P/Holmes holds that distinction...Spectacular outbursting comet 17P/Holmes exploded in size and brightness on October 24. It continues to expand and is now the largest single object in the Solar system, being bigger than the Sun (see Figure). The diameter of the tenuous dust atmosphere of the comet was measured at 1.4 million kilometers...

The "Goblin" comet could almost gobble up the sun!

(photo, Sebastian Voltmer, Spichern, France.)

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