This large, colorful image of Comet Hale-Bopp was taken by Bob Thompson at Cottonwood, CA on Monday March 10 at 12:30 UT. Comet dust and the comet's dust tail appear red, while the gas tail glows blue. This guided exposure lasted 25 minutes using a 150 mm lens at f/3.5 on Kodak P1600 film. It was printed on vericolor slide film and digitized using a Nikon slide scanner. The final image spans a field measuring 5 by 7.5 degrees.

[Bob Thompson tells us that ... "it was on NBC nightly news on the 27th of March during the the coverage of the suicide cult in SD. They took it from the NASA comet page on the internet that day. A number of people here recognized it, including ourselves, while eating dinner that night. It's the only one on the page with red in it and has that star at the bottom. Probably 30 million or so saw it. Some fun. Even my sister-in -law in Utah thought she could recognize the photography, and called to ask. It's still on the NASA page listed in yesterday's images."]

Bob's image of Comet Hale-Bopp is 147K
It is 1164 pixels wide (wider than your screen) and 1735 pixels in height. As you scroll across the image in the window of your browser you will find that the body of the comet is to the right and in the lower half of the image.
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