|Many great comets have appeared in the month of March. For example, Comet
Klinkenberg/Klinkerfues in the 18th century, which was depicted in a painting
with a reflection of its six tails on a mountain lake. Comet West also
appeared in pre-dawn skies of March with three bright tails. And, of course,
Comet Hale-Bopp was discovered in March 1998, which is still fresh in our
memory. In this article I describe Comet Hyakutake, which was seen shining
beautifully in March 1997. Hyakutake was most memorable for its blue ion
tails rather than dust tails.
This photo was taken by 21cm-f/3.0ε astrograph. The beauty of this blue comet was almost beyond description.
Comet Hyakutake (March 1997)
Copyright (C) 2000 Tsutomu Seki.