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Comet Hale-Bopp in the Milky Way in March 1997




The bright comet Hale-Bopp in the Milky Way with the swan constellation at its perihelion in March 1997


Dinosaur's Nightmare

The bright comet Hale-Bopp reveals all its beauty standing in the Milky Way during its perihelion in March 1997.
If the dinosaurs had escaped the extinction from the asteroid impact 65 million years ago, they would certainly have panicked in the face of the comet Hale-Bopp. But since we could calculate that this comet would not hit Earth, we could admire the fantastic beauty of this stellar happening.
In early 1997 the comet was closest to Earth and stood in the constellation of the Swan with the red North American Nebula. With a diameter exceeding 40 km Hale-Bopp was about four times as big as the dinosaur killer.
Hale-Bopp was unique in many ways. It was the brightest comet in recent times, was visible for the naked eye for about 18 months and emitted two separate tails pointing in different directions, a yellow dust and blue plasma tail.

March 1997
Pentax Me, Pentax 28mm, f/2, 15min, Purus astronomical mount, Kodak E6, ISO 400, tripod

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