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Everybody's comet : a layman's guide to comet Hale-Bopp

by Alan Hale

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This book is divided into three sections, with four large appendices, and includes a Forward by Thomas Bopp, and a Preface by Janet Asimov. The first section, What is a Comet?" can be skimmed by the experienced amateur, but people new to astronomy are bound to find it interesting. The second section, the "Early History of Comet Hale-Bopp", describes the discovery of the comet from the point of view of both Hale and his co-discoverer, Thomas Bopp. It then covers early observations, how it was determined that this will be, almost surely, the "Comet of the Century", and describes the types of misinformation we will probably see in the coming months. But the third section, Prospects for Comet Hale-Bopp, is the most useful for us today. It contains a month by month description of what we will be able to see during the coming apparition in Spring 1997.
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