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South Africa Astronomical Observatory Image of Comet Hale-Bopp


Observer: Case Rijsdijk
Location: South Africa Astronomical Observatory
Date: May 1, 1997 19:08

Comet Hale-Bopp photographed from Sutherland on May 1 at 19h08. Case Rijsdijk of the SAAO used a Celestron 20 cm Schmidt camera working at f1.5 with Fujichrome film rated at 1600 ASA for 60s. The image clearly shows several blue ion (plasma) tails and a short, fan shaped dust tail.

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