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Astronomy Highlights 1970 - 2000!

Nova Cygni August 1975!


Our co-founder Jos Kremer reports:
On August 22, around 22:40 pm, I could observe a bright Nova in the constellation Cygnus. The Nova Cygni 1975 was visible in the vicinity of Deneb. link Click here for a sketch
Estimated magnitude: +2 - +3 m.

img List of Supernova Pages on the Web

1975/76: Comet West!


This comet would ultimately become the brightest since the sungrazer Ikeya-Seki of 1965.
With observations being made during daylight by observers with telescopes and binoculars, this comet is rated as one of the most spectacular of the 20th century.
Unfortunately, the comet would not be enjoyed by many people outside the astronomical community, because most television stations and newspapers refused to report on the comet after the widely billed comet Kohoutek failed to reach its earlier announced expectations.
Comet West was a visually spectacular comet, reaching its most picturesque in March of 1976. A comet this bright occurs only about once a decade.
It was discovered on 1975 November 5th by Dr. Richard M. West

Dr. Richard West (4th from left) & AAL members visiting link SES Betzdorf on occasion of our club's 25th anniversary - October 1996

link Comet West Information
link The Great Comet West - 2 Pics

1986: Comet Halley!


First recorded in 240 PCE. 76 years period. Spectacular in 1910! Most recent apparition: 1986-87, not a great show...Due back in 2061!

link Comet Halley - Information and Pictures
link Halley's Comet
link Sir Edmond Halley

1994: Comet Shoemaker-Levy crashes on Jupiter!


Comet P/Shoemaker-Levy 9,was torn into pieces by the gravitational pull of Jupiter in 1992, so that finally these space debris crashed with Jupiter on July 16th 1994. There tremendous kinetic energy was dissipated in brief flashes observable from the Earth by telescopes. Members of the AAL could observe the biggest dark impact sites trough their 6-8" telescopes even days after the event, which statistically happens only once in a millenium.


link Comet Shoemaker-Levy Hp JPL

1996: Comet Hyakutake!


Comet Hyakutake (officially designated C/1996 B2) was discovered by Yuji Hyakutake in Japan in January 1996. It was the brightest comet visible from Earth since Comet West in 1976. It reached the brightness of a bright star (approximately 0 magnitude) at the end of March 1996, although the brightness was spread over a larger patch of sky than a star, making it tougher to see. Still, it was easily visible to the naked eye from the end of March (closest approach) through the end of April 1996.
img Comet Hyakutake JPL

1997: Comet Hale-Bopp!


On the night of July 23, 1995 Alan Hale and Tom Bopp, observing from different locations co-discovered Comet Hale-Bopp.The comet made its closest approach to the Sun on April 1, 1997. The distance at perihelion was 85 million miles. Its closest approach to Earth (122 million miles) occured several days earlier on March 22. To put these distances into perspective, Earth is about 93 million miles from the Sun. Thus Comet Hale-Bopp never got closer to Earth than Earth gets to the Sun. At the time of perihelion Comet Hale-Bopp was at - 0.7 magnitude. The tail was between 15 and 20 degrees long as viewed from Earth. By summer 1997 the comet had passed into the Southern Hemisphere where observers watched the comet slowly dim and the tail become shorter and shorter. The final recorded naked eye observation came early in November. Comet Hale-Bopp was visible to the naked eye for a period of seventeen and a half months, breaking all records for naked eye visibility of a comet.
img Comet Hale-Bopp JPL Page
img www.halebopp.com
img Comet Observation Page

1999: Total solar eclipse over Luxembourg!


img Pictures and reports on our special Eclipse page - NOW IN THE ARCHIVES! - Click on pic!

h121999: Leonids Stormh13

img Pictures, reports and more links here: Leonids 1999 Results

January 2000: Lunar eclipse!


link Timetables for Luxembourg on this page: Click on Eclipses

July 2000: Comet C/1999 S4 Linear!


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