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Mona Evans • 1 year ago

Comet Hale-Bopp (Credit: A. Dimai and D. Ghirardo) It was also called the Great Comet of 1997 and was a naked eye object for eighteen months. The comet was not only extremely bright, but also had two tails. Mona Evans, "Comets" www.bellaonline.c...

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