Nov 16, 2007

One of the largest single objects in Solar System

Senior Science WriterSPACE.comThu Nov 15, 10:45 AM ET

A comet that has delighted backyard astronomers in recent weeks after an unexpected eruption has now grown larger than the sun.
Though Tom Cruise’s ego remains by far the most massive object in the solar system, with an extended influence of particles that reaches all the planets, the comparatively tiny Comet Holmes (no relation to Cruise's wife) has released so much gas and dust (haven't we all?) that its extended atmosphere, or coma, is larger than the diameter of the Sun. In fact, if the solar system was John Wayne, and I’ve often considered that it is, the comet would be his impacted colon. I wonder if it will ever get around to hitting this little old blue ball of ours and turn it into an elemental porridge. If it does, I hope it targets Mark Burnett’s house first. Let's see Pat Robertson blame that disaster on Gays and Lesbians!

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