A CCD Image Archive Of Comet C/1995 O1 (Hale-Bopp): Dust Expansion Velocities

Abstract

An optical archive of comet Hale-Bopp was obtained over 28 nights from June 1996 to May 1997 covering a range of heliocentric distances of r = 4.12 − 0.91. The CCD images were obtained with the 0.8-m University of Washington Manastash Ridge Observatory and the 0.25-m Pennsylvania State University at Eriemobile observatory. The reduced images clearly document the evolution of features of the coma, which were dominated by radial jetsfrom r = 4.1 − 2.3 AU, curved fan-shaped jets from r = 1.2 − 1.0 AU, and arcs or shells for 0.9 < r < 1.0 AU. We present the images and derive an average dust expansion velocity of Vdust = 0.67 ± 0.07 km s−1 from measurements of the arc features. The images in thearchive will be made available to other researchers for further study.

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BRAUNSTEIN, M., COMSTOCK, R., HOFFMAN, P. et al. A CCD Image Archive Of Comet C/1995 O1 (Hale-Bopp): Dust Expansion Velocities. Earth, Moon, and Planets 78, 219–227 (1997). https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1006201100330

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  • Comet Hale-Bopp
  • cometary arcs
  • cometary shells
  • cometary jets