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Thanks for posting this. I checked it about every hour or so and it WAS cool using the NASA feed.
 

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My wife was just talking about this yesterday at the eye doctors & how it was a shame that we weren't able to see it because all of the cloud cover here in PA.

Thanks for posting.

Now Isaac you will no doubt know the answer to something. Back in 199?-200? we were still racing & had to leave to get to the track at about 3 AM. There was a Comet that was visble (Not Halley's) for probably a month or so. Can't remember the name. Do you know what it was? That came up yesterday as well & I just can't remember the name.
 

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My wife was just talking about this yesterday at the eye doctors & how it was a shame that we weren't able to see it because all of the cloud cover here in PA.

Thanks for posting.

Now Isaac you will no doubt know the answer to something. Back in 199?-200? we were still racing & had to leave to get to the track at about 3 AM. There was a Comet that was visble (Not Halley's) for probably a month or so. Can't remember the name. Do you know what it was? That came up yesterday as well & I just can't remember the name.
Hale - Bopp was the big thing back in the late 90's. Here is poop on it. Let me know if this is the one your thinking about...

Comet Hale-Bopp (C/1995 O1) was discovered on 23 July 1995 by two independent observers, Alan Hale (Cloudcroft, N.M.) and Thomas Bopp (Stanfield, AZ), and is showing potential of putting on a spectacular display as it nears its 1997 perihelion. The image above was taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, and shows material ejected from the rotating comet in a "pinwheel" pattern. More information on this image is available in the caption.

The nucleus of Hale-Bopp is estimated to be about 30 to 40 km across - Comet Halley's nucleus was estimated at 8 x 8 x 16 km. The nucleus is exhibiting sudden brief eruptions and a complex mottled surface. Its absolute magnitude of -1 makes it one of the brightest comets to reach the inner solar system in history. Closest approach to Earth will occurred on 22 March 1997 at a distance of 1.3 A.U. It made for a spectacular view in the March morning sky, and will be in the evening skies from mid-March to early May. Closest approach to the Sun was on 31 March at a distance of .91 A.U. The comet is estimated to have last passed by the Sun about 4200 years ago.

Hale-Bopp was visible low in the northern hemisphere pre-dawn sky in February to the ENE just below the constellation Cygnus. By the end of March the comet moved from Cygnus to Lacerta to Andromeda in the NE pre-dawn sky. The comet will be disappearing from the pre-dawn sky at the beginning of April. Since mid-March, however, the comet has also been visible in the early evening sky to the NW to WNW, at the bottom of Perseus. The comet will become higher in the sky through mid-April, and then move down towards the horizon by early May. The comet is currently one of the brightest objects in the sky and the tail is spectacular.

Information on Hale-Bopp
Perihelion distance: 0.9141 AU
Perihelion date: 01 April 1997 UT 03:19 (31 March 22:19 EST)
Closest approach to Earth: 1.3 AU
Date of closest approach to Earth: 22 March 1997
Next Perihelion: ~2380 years
Previous Perihelion: ~4200 years ago
Orbital inclination: 89.43 deg.
Orbital eccentricity: 0.9951
Argument of perihelion: 130.59 deg.
Longitude of ascending node: 282.47 deg.
 

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I got a good look at Hale-Bopp from Phoenix when it was at it's viewing best, pretty impressive. I didn't see this post until this morning so missed the NASA feed:(
 

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Hale - Bopp was the big thing back in the late 90's. Here is poop on it. Let me know if this is the one your thinking about...
That's it my man. I knew you would know the answer. It was stunning in the sky that's for sure.

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Always a day late........
 
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