If so, then all four such comets for the Northern Hemisphere in the past 50 years were best seen in March and April: Comet Bennett in 1970, Comet West in 1976, Comet Hyakutake
in 1996, and Comet Hale-Bopp in 1997.
1996 Comet Hyakutake
is discovered by Japanese amateur astronomer Yuji Hyakutake.
At the same time, spurred by the sight of the comet Hyakutake
one night, Jan Deblieu began a quiet fascination with the night sky.
, which was acknowledged by the Paris-based International Astronomical Union, came closest to Earth in 1996, only about 16 million kilometers away.
The tail of Comet Hyakutake
stretches 354 million miles, more than four times the distance between the earth and the sun.
They found that the tail of Comet Hyakutake
stretched an incredible 570 million kilometres, nearly four times the distance between the Earth and the Sun.
Finally, following the discovery of X-rays from Comet Hyakutake
in 1996, researchers used the Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer satellite to study X-rays from Hale-Bopp.
Another cool comet is coming our way, just 11 months after Comet Hyakutake
, the brightest comet to light up our skies in years, wowed observes last spring.
When closest, this comet comes no nearer than about 122 million miles from Earth--about 13 times farther than last year's impressive Comet Hyakutake
Using the velocity of the solar wind, the team calculated that 8 days earlier, Comet Hyakutake
had been more than half a billion kilometers distant, yet in the right place--along the line connecting the sun and the spacecraft--to have generated the ions.