|Copyright: Martin Galea De Giovanni (martingd) (38)|
|Date Taken: 1997-04|
|Camera: Nikon 801 S|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2007-02-10 12:14|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|Comet Hale-Bopp (formally designated C/1995 O1) was probably the most widely observed comet of the twentieth century, and one of the brightest seen for many decades. It was visible to the naked eye for a record 18 months, twice as long as the previous record holder, the Great Comet of 1811.|
Hale-Bopp was discovered on 23 July 1995 at a very large distance from the Sun, raising expectations that the comet could become very bright when it passed close to the Sun. Although comet brightnesses are very difficult to predict with any degree of accuracy, Hale-Bopp met or exceeded most predictions for its brightness when it passed perihelion on April 1, 1997. The comet was dubbed the Great Comet of 1997.
The passage of Hale-Bopp was notable also for inciting a degree of panic about comets not seen for decades. Rumours that the comet was being followed by an alien spacecraft gained remarkable currency, and inspired a mass suicide among followers of the Heaven's Gate cult.
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Great timing and thank you for the explanatory information.
I didn't see a comet before and I liked it:) Details could have been clearer and the picture could have been sharper but sharpness isn't everything:)