Space and astronomy news and information for the American Southwest. Coverage includes Vandenberg AFB rocket and missile launches.

Comet Hale-Bopp

2006 May 20

Photo of Comet Hale-Bopp taken from the California desert

Photo of the 1997 April appearance of comet Hale-Bopp. This time exposure of comet Hale-Bopp used a 35mm camera driven to counteract the Earth's rotation. Visible are the comet's ionized gas tail (blue) and dust tail (white). Taken by Brian Webb from the California desert northeast of Red Rock Canyon.

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