Everybody's Comet: A Layman's Guide to Comet Hale-Bopp
Discovered in July 1995 by Alan Hale and Thomas Bopp, Comet Hale-Bopp was the brightest comet ever seen at its distance. This gives the history of its discovery, explains how to view it from fall 1996 to spring 1997, and explains the relationship of comets to the birth of our solar system, and to asteroids, meteors and eclipses of the sun and moon.
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able amateur astronomers appeared April asteroid background stars binoculars Brian Marsden bright comet brighter brightest calculations Century closest approach Cloudcroft coma Comet Hale Comet Hale-Bopp Comet Hale-Bopp Days Comet Hyakutake Comet Kohoutek Comet Shoemaker-Levy Comet West comet's nucleus comet's orbit comet's tail cometary conjunction with sun constellation courtesy Dan Green dark discovered discovery early earth earth's orbit eclipse February Fred Whipple full moon Halley Halley's Comet happened Hubble Space Telescope Hyakutake's inner solar system International Comet Hale-Bopp intrinsic brightness January July Jupiter Jupiter's located look March meteor shower Mexico mid-northern latitudes months morning sky motion naked eye northeast northern object Observatory occur October Oort Cloud orbital period perhaps perihelion perihelion distance Photograph taken planets position possible predicted probably Quadrantids recent scientists seen September Shoemaker-Levy 9 sight skies solar system southern hemisphere spectacular Thomas Bopp traveling usually viewing WESTERN HORIZON