Comet Hale-Bopp Photos

Comet Hale-Bopp was easily visible in the Spring of 1997. The photos below were taken from the field behind our house. We were lucky that the city lights were in the opposite direction.

Click on the small pictures below to see larger versions.

(20 kb) The comet against a black sky, above the mesa. March 29, 1997.
(26 kb) Close-up of the comet. March 27, 1997.
(29 kb) Close-up of the comet, blue-enhanced to show the second tail (visible in the larger version). March 27, 1997.
(21 kb) The comet against a blue sky. The night sky was lit up by a full moon. Though the sky looked black to the eye, because our color vision requires higher light levels, the camera shows it to be blue. April 21, 1997.
(24 kb) More proof that the moonlit night sky is blue. On the same night that the comet photo above was taken, I turned the camera to the west and took this photo of the Flatirons above Boulder. It looks like a daytime photo, except for the stars (visible in the larger version). April 21, 1997.

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