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Hale-Bopp, the Great Comet of the Year 1997!

Date:13.4.1997 Time:15:20 UT Exposure:30s
Field of View: 35o x 24o Emulsion: Kodak Ektachrome 400 Elite II Filter:none
Instrument:f=55mm 1/1.8 Place: Pik Terskol, Caucasus Observer:T. Credner

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Too bad that Hale-Bopp has gone. Comet Hale-Bopp was without any doubt a 'Great Comet', the Great Comet of the year 1997! Maybe also the Comet of the Century.

The photography shows Hale-Bopp at the evening sky, seen from Pik Terskol Observatory in the northern Caucasus (Russia, Kabardino-Balkaria). The comet was visible just above the Elbrus, which is with 5642m altidude the highest mountain of the Caucasus. The snowy landscape was illuminated by the waxing moon.
More informations about our observing run can be found on the project page of the Max-Planck-Institut für Aeronomie

This image is also available at:

  • Astronomy Picture of the Day, December 25, 1997, NASA
  • Astronomia, a comprehensive astronomical Web-Page in spanish by Antoni Parra (outdated).
  • Comet Hale-Bopp Home Page by Charles Morris, NASA