|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.
Copyright (C) 2001 Tsutomu Seki.