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Comet Hale-Bopp Update



Sky & Telescope News Bulletin
November 16, 1996

During the past few weeks the brightness of Comet Hale-Bopp (C/1995 O1) has taken a decided upswing. According to S&T contributing editor John Bortle, the comet's overall performance has returned to its predicted track after a very prolonged period of stagnation. However, even though it has brightened to better than 5th magnitude, Hale-Bopp is slipping ever lower into the glare of evening twilight. Telescopically, Bortle reports, the comet has an intense, starlike nucleus, accompanied by a broad fan- shaped tail. Here are Hale-Bopp's positions for the coming week at 0 hours Universal Time:

  Date         R. A.    Decl.
November 17   17h 51.2m  -2d  5'
         19   17  52.9   -1  54 
         21   17  54.6   -1  43 
         23   17  56.4   -1  30 

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