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Robert Pearlman
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Thomas Bopp, an amateur astronomer who in 1995 shared credit for the discovery of comet C/1995 O1, better known as Hale-Bopp, died this week at the age of 68.

From Alan Hale on Facebook:

I was very saddened today to learn of the passing of my friend and "partner in crime" Thomas J. Bopp. Our names are forever linked in history, and if there are any humans left around the year 4393 when H-B should be returning, perhaps they'll think of us, and the times in which we lived.

Tom was a warm and congenial fellow, and played a good "straight man" to my clown act whenever we appeared together.

From Wikipedia:
Comet Hale–Bopp (formally designated C/1995 O1) is a comet that was perhaps the most widely observed of the 20th century, and one of the brightest seen for many decades.

Hale–Bopp was discovered on July 23, 1995 separately by Alan Hale and Thomas Bopp prior to it becoming naked-eye visible on Earth. Although predicting the maximum apparent brightness of new comets with any degree of certainty is difficult, Hale–Bopp met or exceeded most predictions when it passed perihelion on April 1, 1997. 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. Accordingly, Hale–Bopp was dubbed the Great Comet of 1997.

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Rough day.

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What a spectacular show Hale-Bopp comet was! I'll never forget.

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Interesting guy to talk with. He was kind enough to give me this signed 11x14" image of "his" comet at a Spacefest. RIP.

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Originally posted by cspg:
What a spectacular show Hale-Bopp comet was! I'll never forget.
Spectacular indeed - so memorable and beautiful!

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