Comet C/1996 B2 (Hyakutake) at NOAO

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Comet Hyakutake (discovered January 31, 1996 by Yuji Hyakutake, Japan) is an exciting comet to follow: it will be a large comet on the sky visible with the naked eye, and its projected orbit will bring it to within 0.11 AU of the Earth (which corresponds to about 40 times the distance from the Earth to the Moon!!!) on March 25, 1996. Also see the JPL comet page for other interesting pictures and further information about this newly discovered comet.

Just recently there appears to be some indication of nucleus fragmentation as shown by two images from the Observatoire de Pic du Midi in France: March 24 image and March 25 image. Also see the recent pictures from the Hubble Space Telescope.

Pictures of Comet Hyakutake:

Observing Comet Hyakutake at KPNO:

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