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Simon Image of Comet Hale-Bopp


Observer: Geoff Simon
Location: Pierre, South Dakota
Date: April 8, 1997 03:15 UT

No, this is not the surface of the moon, or kryptonite or radioactive plutonium -- it's a scene just north of Pierre, South Dakota. This is a view of Hale-Bopp over the jagged ice shelf piled at the face of the Oahe Dam by fierce winds from a weekend blizzard. The luminous greenish-blue color was produced by the fluorescent lights on the road across the dam. This was taken at 10:15 CDT on April 7, a 15-second exposure at f 2.8 on Kodak Royal Gold 1000 film. Wind chill factor - minus 18 degrees Fahrenheit.

Geoff Simon

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