Comet  C/1995 O1 (Hale-Bopp) on 1.04.1997

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Comet Hale–Bopp (formally designated C/1995 O1) is a comet that was perhaps the most widely observed of the 20th century and one of the brightest seen for many decades.
Alan Hale and Thomas Bopp discovered Comet Hale–Bopp separately on July 23, 1995, before it became visible to the naked eye. It is difficult to predict the maximum brightness of new comets with any degree of certainty, but Hale–Bopp met or exceeded most predictions when it passed perihelion on April 1, 1997. It was visible to the naked eye for a record 18 months, twice as long as the Great Comet of 1811, the previous record holder. Accordingly, Hale–Bopp was dubbed the great comet of 1997. This image was taken on April 1st 1997, when the comet has passed its perihelion.

Optic(s): Nikkor 135 mm lens
Mount: Celestron
Camera: Nikon F801
Dates/Times: 1.04.1997
Location: Baden, Austria
Exp. Details: 30 sec. on Kodak Gold 400
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Processing: PS
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