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Sipe Drawing of Comet Hale-Bopp

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Observer: Russell Sipe
Location: Anaheim, California
Date: February 28, 1997

This drawing shows an upclose view of the coma and southern jet which has dominated the comet for more than a month now. The bright area just to the left of the stellar like nucleus is ever so slightly brighter than the rest of the jet. This area can be preceived as being almost nucleus-like at times. This so-called "false nucleus" can give the comet the appearance of having an elongated nucleus when viewed at the eyepiece.

Russell Sipe
russhome@delta.net


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