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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.