Comet C/1996 B2 (Hyakutake) and the Big Dipper

Posted by DaveMitsky
on Saturday, March 7, 2009

by Dave Mitsky


I took this tripod-mounted photograph of Comet Hyakutake as it passed through Ursa Major with a Pentax K1000 SLR camera and a Pentax 50mm lens from the grounds of the Astronomical Society of Harrisburg's Naylor Observatory, near Lewisberry, Pennsylvania, on 1996/3/23, two night before the comet's closest approach to the Earth.  Comet Hyakutake sported an extremely long ion tail and was a remarkable sight from a dark site after the Moon set.

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