So tomorrow is Halloween, and that means the usual tradition at the BA household:
- Panicky buying whatever candy is left at the local store, usually inedible waxy chocolate coins and Mary Janes;
That last one is my favorite Halloween tradition. I still give out candy, but I do it from my driveway, where I have the telescope set up. Some years are better than others; when Jupiter or Saturn is up you're gold. But this year, we have, of course, Comet Holmes, which showed up right on time to make this the splashiest Halloween treat we've had in a long, long time.
If you have a telescope -- or even binoculars you can mount on a tripod -- then why not give the kids coming around something they'll remember for years to come? Show them an erupting comet!