Re: Naked Eye Comet!
- At 04:48 PM Monday 10/29/2007, Mauro Diotallevi wrote:
>On 10/26/07, Ronn! Blankenship <ronn_blankenship@...> wrote:One possibility is a collision which threw up a cloud of
> > On Wednesday, a normally-faint comet named P17/Holmes, which never
> > gets closer to the Sun than more than twice the Earth's distance
> > underwent an outburst which resulted in it becoming nearly a million
> > times brighter than it had been a few hours before.
>Am I correct in understanding that astronomers don't know why this
>outburst is happening? Are there any theories?
debris. Another is that a pocket of more-volatile (lower boiling
point) material was uncovered and vaporized quickly. Not sure if
there is any good way to tell for sure which happened in this case, if either.
-- Ronn! :)