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Comet 17P/Holmes continues to put on a show for skywatchers willing to brave the cold weather. After an incredible run of clear skies through much of the fall, skies turned snowy here in Park City. Storms have been passing over or very near the area for much of the last week or so. This wasn’t too bad as it coincided with the large phases of the moon. Now that the moon has vacated the scene, its nice that skies have taken a break. I was wondering what Comet Holmes would look like after this extended absence. I was also wondering where it’d moved to. Well, first of all, its still very near Mirfak (alpha Perseus). Now, a couple of degrees to the southwest of the bright star. Quite easy to find once my eyes were dark adapted. The comet isn’t quite as bright as it was a couple of weeks ago but it continues to grow. It’s almost filling the eyepiece, perhaps 3/4* in diameter?