Comet Hale-Bopp is now very bright (around magnitude -0.5), but is only visible from Hawaii shortly before sunrise and shortly after sunset. (Comet Hale-Bopp is more easily seen further to the north, and is harder to see further south.)
This photograph shows roughly what the eye sees - it shows a field of view approximately 45 degrees across. The island is named Manana; it is commonly referred to as Rabbit island. Compare this image with an image of Comet Hyakutake taken from a nearby location.
Photograph by UH astronomer Richard J. Wainscoat
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