Comet Hale-Bopp
and its
"mysterious unidentified companions"

There has been a lot of traffic and questions on the Net about an object following Comet Hale-Bopp. To answer them shortly, there is no evidence that the comet might be accompanied by any other object, natural or artificial.

Here is a short summary of the major events related to Hale-Bopp alleged companion:

More details can be found on the The SLO Files of the site. Sky and Telescope has also published an article about this. Brian Monson has written a very intersting page describing how bright would be a large object at the distance of Hale-Bopp.

Concluding remarks: Comet Hale-Bopp is a beautiful and bright object; it is easilly visible. Map and ephemerides are available on this site. Enjoy this nice comet!

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Olivier Hainaut

Update: Thu Mar 27 18:50:10 1997 -- Hits: since March 10, 17:30 --- was 12701 on Mar 29, 23:15