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Limber Observatory Image of Comet 1996 B2 Hyakutake

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Observer: David McDavid
Location: Limber Observatory, Pipe Creek, Texas
Date: April 9, 1996 02:38 UT

Comet C/1996 B2 (Hyakutake) at 02:38 UT, April 9, 1996. North is up, east is left, and the field of view is about 3 degrees square. This image is a composite of six 5-s exposures with a Photometrics CCD camera (Thomson 512 CCD) and Robert Reeves' 135-mm Nikon lens at f/4, using the 0.4-m telescope at Limber Observatory as a tracking platform. The bright star to the lower left of the head of the comet is the eclipsing binary Algol (beta Persei), near maximum brightness when this picture was taken.

 
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