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November 2007

Release Date: November 6, 2007

Comet Viewings at Angelo State

The Angelo State University Department of Physics will conduct a pair of special Thursday public viewings of Comet 17/P Holmes Nov. 8 and Nov. 15 next to the Vincent Nursing-Physical Science Building on the ASU campus.

In cooperation with the San Angelo Astronomy Association, the Physics Department will have telescopes set up on those nights to view the comet, starting shortly after sunset until 9 p.m. The viewings are open free to the public.

Comet 17/P Holmes is an "urban comet," visible to the naked eye among city lights as well as from the darker countryside. It is about as bright as the stars of the Big Dipper and makes a good target for both binoculars and backyard telescopes. After sunset, it can be viewed by looking north for an expanding “fuzz ball” in the constellation Perseus.

The viewings will be held in conjunction with the final two showings of the ASU Planetarium’s “Galaxies” program, which runs Thursdays at 8 p.m.

For more information, call Dr. Mark Sonntag in the ASU Planetarium at 942-2136.

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