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Massive Comet Larger than the Sun Now Visible to the Naked Eye

A comet that has delighted backyard astronomers in recent weeks after an unexpected eruption has now grown larger than the sun.

The sun remains by far the most massive object in the solar system, with an extended influence of particles that reaches all the planets. But the comparatively tiny Comet Holmes has released so much gas and dust that its extended atmosphere, or coma, is larger than the diameter of the sun. The comparison is clear in a new image.

"It continues to expand and is now the largest single object in the solar system," according to astronomers at the University of Hawaii. -- by Robert Roy Britt of Space.com (Full story here)

NOTE: The final pic is a sky map for anyone who wants to try and find the comet.


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Added: Nov-16-2007 
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