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"Info: Possible Comet Outburst in Progress."
Space Weather News for Nov. 8, 2010
COMET OUTBURST: A comet discovered just a few days ago by amateur
astronomers in Japan is gliding by Saturn in the pre-dawn sky.
Comet Ikeya-Murakami (C/2010 V1) is not visible to the unaided eye, but
observers say it is a fairly easy target for backyard telescopes.
Images obtained over the weekend reveal what appears to be an outburst
in progress. The comet's coma (atmosphere) bears a striking
resemblance to the coma of Comet Holmes, which famously exploded in
2007. Check http://spaceweather.com for photos and more
> SOLAR ACTIVITY UPDATE: After unleashing one of
the brightest X-ray flares in years on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 6th,
sunspot 1121 took Sunday off. No strong flares were recorded for the
rest of the weekend. Nevertheless, the active region's magnetic
field is complex and harbors energy for more eruptions. NOAA
forecasters estimate an 85% chance of M-flares during the next 24