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Comet Hale-Bopp Update



Sky & Telescope News Bulletin
January 18, 1997

According to contributing editor John Bortle, Comet Hale-Bopp is a very obvious naked-eye object low in the eastern sky before dawn, looking like a soft version of the nearby star Zeta Aquilae. On January 17th, Bortle pegged the comet at magnitude 2.7, and through binoculars he saw a degree-long tail curving sharply to the northwest. The nucleus looks quite intense and starlike with traces of jet structure. Here are Comet Hale-Bopp's equinox 2000.0 coordinates for this week at 0 hours Universal Time:

                   R.A. (2000) Decl.
January 18        19h 10.8m  + 9d 43'
        20        19  14.6   +10  26
        22        19  18.5   +11  11
        24        19  22.6   +12  58

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