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Strange Image of Comet 1996 B2 Hyakutake


Observer: David Strange
Location: United Kingdom
Date: March 17, 1996 01:01 UT

By 1996 March 17 the comet had grown a substantial tail as shown in this image from David Strange. This CCD image was taken 0101UT with a 4x80s exposure using an SX camera and a 135mm, f/2.8 lens. David comments: "Through the 50cm f/4, ten second exposures show a short pointed tail two arc minutes long coming from the central condensation in PA 275 deg. Visually in the 50cm the coma fills a 30' field of view, and the comet is now an easy naked eye object.

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