Location of comet 17P/Holmes in Perseus at 20:00 from Mayhill New Mexico at telescopic scale. The large rectangle is the field of view of T20, the small that of T5, T11 is in-between.Click to embiggen
Comet 17P/Holmes is reported to be in outburst, with an increase in magnitude of around 3.7 to magntiude 14.3, with a wedge shaped coma.
Observations are requested to follow the evolution of this outburst, especially over the next few days to follow the coma expansion.
Please pass any observations on to comets-ml, comet-obs or the Comet Observation Database.
The comet is currently in Perseus near epsilon Persii, not far from the Zenith at astronomical twilight. The comet transits at 19h 33m 12s and sets at 4h 4m 49.Thus it is only visible from the northern scopes, but is visible under good conditions for most of the night. Unfortunaetly the waxing Moon will hamper observation somewhat, and the comet is too low to image at Moonset.
MPC one line ephemeris:
0017P 2014 03 27.5239 2.056733 0.431769 24.5234 326.7645 19.0917 20141209 10.0 6.0 17P/Holmes