HomeAstronomyWatch the biggest-ever comet outburst spray dust across the cosmos

Watch the biggest-ever comet outburst spray dust across the cosmos

The dramatic outburst of Comet 17P/Holmes, seen in October 2007. (Image credit: Gritsevich, et al. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 513, Issue 2, June 2022, Pages 2201–2214, https://doi.org/10.1093/mnras/stac822)

The dust trail from the largest comet outburst ever seen will grace the skies this summer — and it’s going to look like a giant hourglass. 

The night show will come courtesy of comet 17P/Holmes, which in October 2007 let off a huge flash of gas and dust, brightening by a factor of a million and briefly becoming the largest object in the solar system. In that brief period, its coma, the dust cloud surrounding the comet body, had a bigger diameter than the sun

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