Last night Luc hosted his not-quite annual bonfire, many of our friends from Data Dynamics showed up as well as some of Luc’s friends and family and we all had a good time. It was great to meet up with Phil and Chapel again, and its always nice to meet the DD crew outside of the office. The evening started off with a light misting and progressed to a light rain, however the fire dried us off and kept us warm. Later in the night the clouds disappeared and I was able to catch a glimpse of Comet Holmes. Of course, knowing that Luc lives way out in the country I had my star chart, red light, and binoculars with me.
The Bad Astronomer took a picture of the comet, and my view through the binoculars looked similar though much smaller of course. I was also able to point out the comet to several friends at the bonfire and give them a taste of whats really up there 🙂 Luckily the comet and several of the stars in Perseus made a nice asterism and Capella gave me a great starting point.