THOMAS JOEL BOPP, codiscoverer of Comet Hale-Bopp
, died January 5, 2018, in Phoenix, Arizona, from liver cancer.
Among other notable headlines, the comet Hale-Bopp
made its closest approach to earth; Channel 5 broadcast for the first time; we said "eh oh" to children's TV favourites, the Teletubbies; and the first Harry Potter book was published.
But this probably won't be as bright and visible as 1997's Comet Hale-Bopp
, said Geoff Chester of the US Naval Observatory in Washington.
I would suggest it will be as bright or a little brighter than Halley's Comet but not as bright as Comet Hale-Bopp
Comet Hale Bopp puts out 21 Comet Hale-Bopp
puts out 21 million tons of gas and dust - 50 times more than most comets.
came with time to prepare for its brightest phase in spring 1997.
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.
Similar particles were detected coming off comet Hale-Bopp
when it journeyed into the inner solar system in 1997 (SN: 7/29/00, p.
1997: The comet Hale-Bopp
reached its closest point to earth.
While they may not be as impressive as Comet Hale-Bopp
was in April 1997 (seen here over the Rocky Mountains near Banff, Canada), their presence will afford many astrophotography opportunities.
The Heaven's Gate cult members waiting for Comet Hale-Bopp
were deluded into killing themselves on command.
The discovery of Comet Hale-Bopp
C/1995 01 on July 23, 1995 was a watershed event in the Institute's history.