Comet Hale-Bopp


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Comet Hale-Bopp

[¦käm·ət ¦hāl ′bäp]
(astronomy)
A very large comet which was discovered on July 23, 1995, and reached perihelion on April 1, 1997, when its brightness was magnitude -1.
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The eight photographs of comet Hale-Bopp are from a series of photographic and visual observations made over several months (Figure 6).
The extremely bright comet Hale-Bopp, discovered in 1995, last buzzed Earth in March 1997, when out of frenzy, thirty-nine people, part of a religious group called Heaven's Gate, committed suicide, believing that a UFO riding the comet's wake would rescue them from a doomed Earth.
Afterwards it was reported the group had taken their own lives so they could be transported to a UFO hidden behind Comet Hale-Bopp.
Similar particles were detected coming off comet Hale-Bopp when it journeyed into the inner solar system in 1997 (SN: 7/29/00, p.
This hypothesis came about when the astronomers discovered the dust around the star consists of small silicate crystals like those found in comet Hale-Bopp.
1997: The comet Hale-Bopp reached its closest point to earth.
Alan Hale is founder and director of the nonprofit Southwest Institute for Space Research in Cloudcroft, New Mexico, and was codiscoverer of Comet Hale-Bopp in 1995.
The discovery of Comet Hale-Bopp C/1995 01 on July 23, 1995 was a watershed event in the Institute's history.
Hail Bop'' is the product of a misunderstanding, or so Adams claims, in which he mistakenly believed the comet Hale-Bopp was named as a salute to jazz.
In recent years, we've seen the spectacular Comet Hale-Bopp and once about every 76 years Halley's Comet visits the Earth.
In the thin air of the upper atmosphere, scientific instruments inside the payload had a clear view of Comet Hale-Bopp blazing in the heat of the Sun.