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Comet Hale-Bopp Update



Sky & Telescope News Bulletin
November 29, 1996

If anyone questions the vitality of Comet Hale-Bopp, take note: in mid- November, radio observations showed that each second the comet's nucleus was pumping some 30 tons of water into space and another 6 of carbon monoxide. That helps explain why the comet is already magnitude 4.5. But the coming weeks will be the last moonless opportunity moonlight to view Hale-Bopp (C/1995 O1) before it draws too near the Sun. The farther north you live, the better your observing geometry. Here are Hale-Bopp's positions for the coming week at 0 hours Universal Time:

  Date         R. A.     Decl.
November 30   18h  3.1m  -0d 44'
December  2   18   5.2   -0  29 
          4   18   7.2   -0  14 
          6   18   9.4   +0   2 

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