Outburst of Comet 17P/Holmes Observed With The Solar Mass Ejection Imager

  title={Outburst of Comet 17P/Holmes Observed With The Solar Mass Ejection Imager},
  author={Jing Li and David C. Jewitt},
  journal={arXiv: Earth and Planetary Astrophysics},
  • J. Li, D. Jewitt
  • Published 7 December 2010
  • Physics
  • arXiv: Earth and Planetary Astrophysics
We present time-resolved photometric observations of Jupiter family comet 17P/Holmes during its dramatic outburst of 2007. The observations, from the orbiting Solar Mass Ejection Imager (SMEI), provide the most complete measure of the whole-coma brightness, free from the effects of instrumental saturation and with a time-resolution well-matched to the rapid brightening of the comet. The lightcurve is divided into two distinct parts. A rapid rise between the first SMEI observation on UT 2007… 

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