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Comet Hyakutake Observed From Boeing 757


Just a note to tell you that I have spent a good part of the past week observing the comet from 41,000 feet as I have been the captain on American Airlines flight 834 leaving Dallas at 8:11 P.M. and arriving Washington National Airport at 11:53 P.M. Wish there was some way to get someone with a good camera up front that knew what he/she knew what they were doing. The view is truly awesome and much better than most of the prints I've seen in this file. Tonight, with the naked eye, I could see the tail stretch from the North Star to the middle of the Big Dipper with a fairly nice side jet. I'll be on the flight for the next two nights, but fear the moon is going to interfere somewhat. The "all-nighter" out of LAX to NY or DC should also be good with a longer viewing time (especially after moon set time). The Boeing 757 is good at getting right up to high altitude... it's a thought. Contact me if I can help.

Chuck Hosmer
(301) 609-7756

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