Astronomers Contribute 4,500 Hale-Bopp Images to NASA Web

From: (by way of Jan Wee <>)
Subject: Astronomers Contribute 4,500 Hale-Bopp Images to NASA Web
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 1997 11:36:34 -0500

Dear discuss-lfm members,

For all us sky-watchers... who seek images of
celestial images online....

Brian Dunbar
Headquarters, Washington, D.C.     April 15, 1997
(Phone:  202/358-0873)



     Astronomers from around the world have submitted more than 4,500 
images of Comet Hale-Bopp to NASA Web sites, where Internet users can 
see them and enjoy the celestial show.

     The Comet Hale-Bopp Home Page:


at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, contains more than 
3,200 images, including one obtained by a California astronomer the 
night after the comet was discovered in July 1995. The Near-Live Comet 
Watching System


at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC, contains more than 1,300 images.

     Astronomers from Australia, Asia, Europe and the Americas have 
submitted images, which have been captured by everything from 
professional observatory equipment to the backyard gear of an amateur 
astronomer. The archives include photographs of the comet over San 
Francisco; Dublin, Ireland; and Genoa, Italy.

     Tens of thousands of Internet users have made use of the Web sites, 
which have been receiving hits of up to 1.2 million per day.

     Note to photo editors:  Most astronomers who have posted photos to 
this Web site have retained copyright to their images. Unless a 
photograph is explicitly stated to be in the public domain, editors 
should contact the photographer regarding rights to reproduction.

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Jan Wee, moderator