July 23rd marked the day in history when we could see the comet “Hale-Bopp” with the naked eye!
I remember vividly driving and looking up in the night sky July 23rd in 1997, and just being amazed that we could see it so vividly. I thought it was spectacular!
I looked it up on Wikipedia and found this information, in case you are interested.
- For Hale Bopp, a 1997 composition, see Celtic Voices and Hale Bopp
Comet Hale–Bopp (formally designated C/1995 O1) was arguably the most widely observed comet of the 20th century, and one of the brightest seen for many decades. It was visible to the naked eye for a record 18 months, twice as long as the previous record holder, the Great Comet of 1811.
Hale–Bopp was discovered on July 23, 1995, at a great distance from the Sun, raising expectations that the comet would brighten considerably by the time it passed close to Earth. Although predicting the brightness of comets with any degree of accuracy is very difficult, Hale–Bopp met or exceeded most predictions when it passed perihelion on April 1, 1997. The comet was dubbed the Great Comet of 1997.