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Comet Hale-Bopp Over Val Parola Pass

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#79345 by @ 05.09.2005 00:00 - nach oben -
Comet Hale-Bopp Over Val Parola Pass

Comet Hale-Bopp
became much brighter than any surrounding stars.

It was seen even over bright city lights.

Out away from city lights, however, it put on quite a
spectacular show.

Comet Hale-Bopp was photographed
above Val Parola Pass in the
Dolomite mountains surrounding
Cortina d'Ampezzo,

Comet Hale-Bopp's
blue ion tail
was created when fast moving particles from the
solar wind struck expelled
ions from the
comet's nucleus.

The white
dust tail is composed of larger particles of
dust and ice expelled by the nucleus that orbit behind the

Observations showed that
Comet Hale-Bopp's nucleus spins about once every 12 hours.

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#84709 by @ 16.02.2006 00:34 - nach oben -
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