Comet 17P/Holmes

Comet Holmes from Kitt Peak |  This image of the freshly expanding cloud of gas and dust around Comet 17P/Holmes was taken with the WIYN 0.9-meter telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory on the night of October 29, 2007. The image was taken by a group including a teacher and students from the NOAO Astronomy RBSE program. The comet, which orbits the Sun between Mars and Jupiter, is located in the constellation Perseus and can be seen in the northeast night sky with unaided eyes.

Image credit: K. Garmany, T. Rutherford, V. Wynn, B. Redmon and WIYN/NOAO/AURA/NSF