Astronomy Highlights 1970 - 2000!
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. Click here for a sketch
Estimated magnitude: +2 - +3 m.
List of Supernova Pages on the Web
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 SES Betzdorf on occasion of our club's 25th anniversary - October 1996
Comet West Information
The Great Comet West - 2 Pics
First recorded in 240 PCE. 76 years period. Spectacular in 1910! Most recent apparition: 1986-87, not a great show...Due back in 2061!
Comet Halley - Information and Pictures
Sir Edmond Halley
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.
Comet Shoemaker-Levy Hp JPL
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.
Comet Hyakutake JPL
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.
Comet Hale-Bopp JPL Page
Comet Observation Page
Pictures and reports on our special Eclipse page - NOW IN THE ARCHIVES! - Click on pic!
Pictures, reports and more links here: Leonids 1999 Results
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