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Comet Hale-Bopp Update



Sky & Telescope News Bulletin
January 24, 1997

Most of this week strong moonlight will play havoc with seeing the coma and tail of 3rd-magnitude Comet Hale-Bopp (C/1995 O1). But its starlike nucleus should still be apparent to you in binoculars, if not to your unaided eye. The comet is beginning to pick up northward momentum, moving about a half degree higher in declination daily and improving its elongation from the Sun. By week's end observers in northern locations will see the comet climb over the eastern horizon more than three hours before sunrise. On January 21st, just before the Moon entered the morning sky, Contributing Editor John Bortle noted that the comet had a tail about 1.5 degrees long. Here are Comet Hale-Bopp's equinox 2000 coordinates for this week at 0 hours Universal Time:

                   R.A. (2000) Decl.
January 26        19h 26.8m  +12d 47'
        28        19  31.2   +13  39 
        30        19  35.8   +14  32 
February 1        19  40.5   +15  29 

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