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Comet Hyakutake on March 27, 1996

Written by Toshimi Taki
July 16, 2006

Great Comets I have ever seen

I have seen many comets since 1970. Among them, I think only three comets are the really great comets from 1970 to 2006.

The first comet I saw was Comet Bennett in 1970. Comet Bennett was seen with naked eye in March and April 1970. It had a long tail. Comet Bennett went on the favorable course to see.

The next great comet was Comet West in 1976. I lived in the center of Tokyo as a university student at the time. Even under the light poluted sky in Tokyo, I could see the fan-shaped great tail before its head rose from the horizon!

Comet Hyakutake was a memorable one because of its very long tail. I drove to a dark site to see the comet several nights. I draw a sketch shown below. The head was in Ursa Minor and I could trace the tail to Coma Berenices.

Data of Sketch

Date: March 27, 1996, 00:21 JST
Location: Katachi-keikoku, Gifu Prefecture, Japan

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