Comet Hyakutake


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Comet Hyakutake

[¦käm·ət ‚hyä·ku̇′tä·ke]
(astronomy)
A comet that passed within about 0.1 astronomical unit of earth in late March 1996.
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At the same time, spurred by the sight of the comet Hyakutake one night, Jan Deblieu began a quiet fascination with the night sky.
Comet Hyakutake, 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.
Dozens of color pictures on display depicted many great sightings, such as the Andromeda Galaxy, Hale-Bopp, the Veil Nebula and Comet Hyakutake.
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.
BUSINESS WIRE)--May 13, 1996--Late last month, millions of Americans braved the chill of the early Spring night to catch a fleeting glimpse of the Comet Hyakutake and discovered the beauty and interest of the night sky.
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.
At the same time the comet Hyakutake was seen in the north-west.
Last spring, when astronomers detected an X-ray glow surrounding Comet Hyakutake, theorists scurried to explain the unexpected finding (SN: 6/1/96, p.
BUSINESS WIRE)--March 21, 1996-- When the newly discovered Comet Hyakutake passes by the Earth in what is expected to be a dazzling light display on March 26, stargazers will be able to hitch a virtual ride on their home computers.
That's 13 times farther away than Comet Hyakutake ventured last spring, when it put on a memorable show for observers away from city lights (SN: 6/1/96, p.