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Garnsey Images of Comet Hale-Bopp


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Observer: Mike Garnsey
Location: Pierrepont Manor, New York
Date: April 10, 1997 02:30-04:15 UT

1. Camera/Film: Pentax w/ 40mm lens, Fuji Super G 800, 15 seconds.

Description: While shooting Comet Hale-Bopp with a waxing crescent moon and Taurus, the northern sky suddenly erupted with aurora. Shimmering curtains of light moved across the north from east to west. The spectacular show lasted for about 35 minutes. It is rare for us in northern New York to experience the aurora --- a display like this was unprecedented.

2. Camera/Film: Pentax w/ 40 mm lens, Fuji Super G 800, 15 seconds

Description: Comet Hale-Bopp bathed in the aurora borealis as viewed from northern New York. Seeing this made the 15 degree April evening seem toasty.

3. Camera/Film: Pentax w/ 40mm lens, Fuji Super G 800, 25 seconds

Description: The waxing crescent moon resides next to Taurus' bright eye, while Comet Hale-Bopp rests above the auroral glow. As one of my friends said, "it's all here!"

Mike Garnsey
Pierrepont Manor, NY

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