Comet of the century: from Halley to Hale-Bopp
The twentieth century has been a disappointment, comet- wise, but the object now approaching, Comet Hale-Bopp, bears a striking resemblance to the Great Comet of 1811, the biggest-headed and most enduringly visible comet ever known. Will Hale-Bopp be our Comet of the Century? In this book, whose publication is timed to coincide with Hale-Bopp's first naked-eye appearance in the evening sky, the renowned astronomy writer Fred Schaaf offers a delightful history of all the greatest comets ever recorded -- the astonishing lore, the even more astonishing science, and how you can participate in comet history by catching a glimpse (maybe more than a glimpse) of one of the great comets of the century.
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