UT opens planetarium to view comet

Comet Holmes, first discovered in the late 19th century, has recently undergone a massive and unexpected eruption. As a result, the comet has increased in brightness by almost a million times in the past week. The comet is now bright enough to be seen with the naked-eye, even from light polluted urban skies. Think of a comet as a dirty snowball, said Alex Mak, associate director of Ritter Planetarium at The University of Toledo. Due to this eruption, fresh, white snow has been exposed and it reflects light much more efficiently than the darker, dirty snow. To allow people to observe the comet, The UT Brooks Observatory will open this week from 8 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, weather permitting. Visitors are asked to meet in the ground floor lobby of McMaster Hall. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children 12 and younger.