Comet Hyakutake

Comet Hyakutake

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Caption: Comet Hyakutake, seen from California's Borrego Desert, March 23, 1996. Hyakutake was discovered on January 30, 1996, by Yuji Hyakutake, an amateur astronomer. It passed very close to Earth in March of that year. Observers estimated its magnitude as around 0, and tail lengths of up to 80 degrees were reported.

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Keywords: astronomy, c/1996 b2, comet, comet hyakutake, comet tail, comet'ss tail, dusk, gas tail, hyakutake, long period comet, long-period comet, night sky, pine tree, sky, space, tail, time exposure, timed exposure, tree

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