The Big Bopper

From: (Charles F. Lindgren)
Subject: The Big Bopper
Date: Thu, 13 Mar 1997 05:43:38 -0500

Time Magazine has given Hale-Bopp a name we all (well many of us) can
relate to, and I think it's great! I saw Hale-Bopp twice in one day - 4:30
AM, 7:30 PM!!! I reluctantly went to teach my adult ed. computer course
last night thinking that I would miss seeing Hale-Bopp. I went to my
daytime classroom which has a great view of the western sky and couldn't
see it. I was using Abrams guide off the net which gives the best viewing
times for 40 - 45 degrees latitude, and it said to look 11 degrees above
the horizon. Nothing!!! That puppy had to be at least two fists up!
Unfortunately light pollution reduced the comet to nothing more than a
smudge. The morning is still best. As much as I hate getting up at 4:30,
the view is spectacular. I put my 300mm on the camera this morning, and the
comet filled the view screen. Don't miss this great opportunity to see the
Comet of the Century.