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This image closely approximates how Comet Hyakutake appeared to the unaided eye (in a dark sky). Here, the comet's tail stretches from Polaris (to the right of the comet's nucleus) out to the bowl of the Big Dipper (upside-down at the top of the image), well over 30 degrees.

Photographer - Richard Saunders
Settings/Equipment - 28mm lens @ f/2.7; guided 2 min exp. on Kodak Gold 1000 film.
Location, Date and Time - Mount Laguna, California; 27 Mar 1996, 0915 UT.


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