Mount Palomar, California (IP) - Comet 17P/Holmes has been putting on a spectacular show. The comet is currently located in Perseus in the northeast sky at night and is shinning at about 3rd magnitude.
The comet has been leaving its position in the night sky and has been seen flying around downtown New York City and has also been spotted at football games.
Astronomer Dr. Povenmire Finootch told reporters that this is a rogue class of comets and anything is possible when you are dealing with a wild comet like this one. Dr. Finootch says that sometimes comets get "butt wild" but that the laws of physics always bring the comets back to their original place in the sky.
Dr. Finootch says that to find comet 17P/Holmes in its "normal" place you must look towards the northeast after 9:00 PM and find the square of Pegasus. The constellation Perseus is a triangular shaped constellation located at the bottom left corner of the great square shaped constellation of Pegasus. Finootch says that to see the comet focus a pair of binoculars on a star until the star appears like a point of light. Then you sweep the binoculars through the area around Perseus and the comet will be on the left side of the constellation and appear like a fuzzy ball.
Comets do not quickly streak across the sky like meteors and their motion is only apparent on a night to night basis. Another way to find the comet is to look it up on a search engine and the sky where you are should be away from the bright glare of city lights.