HYAKUTAKE

Despite the Hyakutake was not an important comet due to its small size and that was not too bright, from the Earth it was seen as a huge and brilliant comet, because it passed through very close to our planet. Its white tail reached 50-60 degrees in places with dark and clear sky. In a picture taken with a 50 mm lens, the comet occupied almost the whole diagonal of the picture. The picture needed a long exposure, so that we had to follow the movement of the stars with 'barn-door' or 'piggy back'. Its name comes from its discoverer, as usual, and it was discovered only few monts before it came closest to the Earth.


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