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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| 1997: The bodies of 39 members of the Heaven's Gate cult were found after a mass suicide - they believed they would join aliens following the Hale Bopp comet.
THE Hale Bopp comet was discovered by two astronomers, Alan Hale and Tom Bopp two years before it would become a feature of the night sky.
Comet Hale Bopp puts out 21 Comet Hale-Bopp puts out 21 million tons of gas and dust - 50 times more than most comets.
Comet Holmes is brighter than the last major comet, Hale Bopp in 1997.
Grandam Moaning Trend was a litter-sister to Enniscorthy's Phil Turner Memorial finalist Hale Bopp Lass.
And in one infamous case, the Heaven's Gate cult in San Diego, USA, used the arrival of the Hale Bopp comet for an online announcement to its members that it was time to kill themselves.
Of course, we've heard this kind of stuff before - while the Hale Bopp comet was making its way past earth, members of another US based cult, the Heaven's Gate community, all committed suicide.
The orbit of Hale Bopp, which is now accurately known, is an extremely elongated ellipse.
As they emerged blinking into the starry, starry night, they fell to "oohing" and "aahing" at the wonderous sight of the Hale Bopp comet streaking through the sky...
1995 THE Hale Bopp comet was discovered by astronomers, Alan Hale and Tom Bopp two years before it would become a feature of the night sky.