Comet C/1996 B2 Hyakutake

This comet was discovered on January 30, 1996 by Japanese amateur astronomer Yuji Hyakutake (1951 - April 10-11, 2002), using a powerful pair of giant binoculars (25x150), only 1 1/2 months before it passed as close as 15 million km (9.3 million miles) from Earth. The comet delivered a spectacular show with its greenish-blueish colored gas tail of over 100 degrees apparent length in the sky!

This was the second comet discovered by Yuji Hyakutake within a few weeks.

Amateur images of comet Hyakutake: Hyakutake images at SEDS:


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