Observers: Adam Block, Carl Hergenrother
Location: Steward Observatory, Arizona
Date: August 10.25, 1995 UT
The Latest Image of C/Hale-Bopp taken with the 21" University of Arizona, Steward Observatory Campus scope and ST6 CCD camera. Image taken by Adam Block and Carl Hergenrother.
Image taken on Aug 10.25,1995 UT when the comet was 7.00 au from the sun and 6.20 au from the earth.
This comet is predicted to reach a perihelion distance of 0.91 au on April 1, 1997! The comet will be well placed in the early evening sky for northern hemisphere observers at that time. How bright will Hale-Bopp become? That really is anybodys guess. Rarely has a comet with such a small perihelion distance been observed so far out. My personal prediction, assuming that it will act like most long-period comets and that it is not presently in a state of outburst, is that it will reach 1st-2nd magnitude in the spring of 1997. Of course the only way to know for sure is to wait and observe.
As for now, this comet is slowly retrograding through the teapot of Sagittarius. It is presently 10th magnitude.