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La Palma Image of Comet Hale-Bopp


Observers: Iwan Williams, Martin Cartwright, Alan Fitzsimmons
Location: La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain
Date: August 27, 1996

This R-band image of Hale Bopp was obtained on the night of the 27th August 1996 by Iwan Williams (Queen Mary and Westfield College, London University), Martin Cartwright and Alan Fitzsimmons (Queen's University of Belfast), using the 1-m Jacobus Kapteyn Telescope on La Palma. The original image has had most of the surrounding dust coma subtracted to bring out spatial structure. Six jets can be seen eminating from the nucleus, showing that the comet remains highly active. This image spans 84 arcseconds, or roughly 170,000 km at the comet.

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