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Limber Observatory Images of Comet Hale-Bopp

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Observer: David McDavid
Location: Limber Observatory, Pipe Creek, Texas
Date: March 29, 1997 01:39-02:04 UT

This is a false-color composite of eighteen 2 s exposures of the inner 6 arcmin of the coma of Comet Hale-Bopp, taken in red light (Cousins R filter with polarizers) between 01:39 and 02:04 UT on March 29 with a Photometrics CCD camera (Thomson 512 chip) on the 0.4 m telescope at Limber Observatory.

The enlarged inset at upper right shows a spiral of material that looks to be coming from one end of the elongated nucelar condensation. However, the inset at lower right, which is a polarization image (brightness proportional to the degree of linear polarization derived from the same images with the right combination of orientations of the polarizers), shows a different spiral shape that seems to start from a strongly polarized (~15%) feature (dust jet?) at the opposite end of the nuclear region.

David McDavid
mcdavid@bongo.limber.org


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