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Comet Hale-Bopp and the North America Nebula

Comet Hale-Bopp's
1997 encounter with the inner
Solar System
many breath-taking pictures.

Above, Comet Hale-Bopp was photographed crossing the constellation of Cygnus, sporting spectacular yellow
dust and blue ion tails.

Visible on the right in red is the
North America Nebula, a bright
emission nebula
observable from a dark location with binoculars.

The North America Nebula is about 1500
light-years away, much farther than the comet,
which was only about 8 light minutes away.

Several bright blue stars from the
open cluster
M39 are visible just above the
comet's blue ion tail.

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