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Comet Hale-Bopp Update

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COMET HALE-BOPP UPDATE

SAN JUAN INSTITUTE'S SKY AND SPACE UPDATE
LAST UPDATED: MONDAY DEC. 9, 1996
Prepared by: Dr. Bruce Betts

COMET HALE-BOPP is visible shortly after sunset, but is a challenging object to see. Look very low in the west-northwest just after it gets dark (astronomical coordinates: RA: 18h 17m, Dec: +1.1). It is well to the right of Jupiter, and about two-thirds of the way between the bright star Altair and the horizon. Binoculars provide a much better chance of seeing it. It will appear as a fuzzy white patch surrounding a somewhat brighter center, and with binoculars you may see a tail. We will get a much better view of Hale-Bopp in 1997. It should be easily visible to the naked eye at its peak brightness in March. comethome.gif Comet Hale-Bopp Home Page

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