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Comet Hale-Bopp
18" x 24"
Photographic Print

Comet HaleBopp computerenhanced coloured image HaleBopp was one of the brightest comets of the th century and was seen for much of early A comet is a lump of ice and rock whose orbit brings it close enough to the Sun for its icy core white lower centre to melt and boil into space The Suns solar wind and radiation blows the resulting ions and dust into tails left and right that can be millions of kilometres long The ion tail left glows with its own light The dust tail right reflects sunlight The ion tail always points away from the Sun Also known as C O Comet HaleBopp was closest to the Sun in March It is a longperiod comet it will be around years before it reappears in the inner solar system