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Memorable Comets

<Comet Hale-Bopp>

Comet Hale-Bopp staged a dazzlingly beautiful sky show in the spring of 1997. Now, four years later, it is observed as a 15th-magnitude object in the Antarctic skies. This is indeed a great comet. This photograph was taken at Geisei Observatory on the morning of March 8, 1997, when it rose above the forest in the east. A 105mm-f/2 telephoto lens with a 2-minute exposure was used. A blue ion jet streaming to the north is quite striking.

[Comet Hale-Bopp]
Comet Hale-Bopp

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