In March 1996, the recently discovered Comet Hyakutake passed within just 9.5 million miles of Earth. Such a close approach gave us a fantastic front row seat of this deep sky voyager as before it swung around the Sun and left the inner Solar System. For a few night, the bright naked-eye comet was seen near the "Big Dipper". its glowing tail stretching nearly half way across the sky.
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with "Big Dipper"
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Last revised: 2003 Dec 31