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Comet Hale-Bopp Brightens



Sky & Telescope News Bulletin
November 1, 1996

Comet Hale-Bopp (C/1995 O1) appears to be picking up a little steam, so to speak. Some observers now report that it is slightly brighter than 5th magnitude. Bortle pegs Hale-Bopp more conservatively at 5.4, but he notes that the comet has an amazingly star-like nucleus and a short yet pretty eastward-pointing tail containing three distinct rays. Go judge for yourself -- here are the comet's positions for the coming week at 0 hours Universal Time:

  Date         R.A. (2000) Decl.
November 3    17h 41.0m  -3d 11'
         5    17  42.3   -3   3
         7    17  43.6   -2  54
         9    17  45.0   -2  45

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