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picture of comet Hale-BoppHere, hot off one of the world's premier telescopes, is a portrait of Comet Hale-Bopp, a "whopper of a comet," as described in uncharacteristically plain English by one astronomer. Hale-Bopp, the astronomers say, is indeed living up to its advance billing as one of the brightest and most spectacular comets in recent memory. This image was captured by the WIYN Telescope, a 3.5 meter telescope atop Kitt Peak, Ariz. WIYN, run by a consortium that includes the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Indiana University, Yale and the National Optical Astronomical Observatories, is ideal for observing comets because of its very wide field of view (comets take up a lot of sky) and special instrumentation. If you'd like to learn more about this blazing ball of ice and dust, tune into our recent treatise on Hale-Bopp.

Image courtesy of Walt Harris, University of Wisconsin-Madison.


       
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