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 at the Kitt Peak Visitor Center observatory on November 2. 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: F. Haase, S. Kaur and NOAO/AURA/NSF