The glory of Comet Hale-Bopp suffers slightly due to a sky significantly brightened by the Moon, which will be full on the night of April 22nd. Reports indicate that the comet is still near magnitude -0.5 with a dust tail visible to the unaided eye and an ion tail visible in binoculars. Even in strong moonlight, the comet will be unmistakable. Look at least 1-1/2 hours after sunset, after the end of twilight. Comet Hale-Bopp should be obvious about 20 to 30 deg. above the northwestern horizon -- depending on your latitude.
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