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Hyakutake

By: Doug Zubenel

 

Region: Americas

Site: Kansas - USA

Date: April 1996

After a spectacular fly-by of Earth in late March of 1996, Comet Hyakutake moved with increasing speed sunward; its ion tail continued to grow, allowing it to remain a conspicuous object in the western evening sky until late April. This scene shows the comet above the aptly-named Mushroom Rock in Ellsworth County, Kansas. Doug Zubenel.

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