Note Card Comet Hale-Bopp
actual size is 5"x7"

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Comet Hale-Bopp

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*text from back of card* - This is the beautiful Comet Hale-Bopp as it approached its closest point to Earth in March of 1997.

The solid portion or nucleus of the comet is made up of ice, frozen gases, dust and small rock. Compared to most comets Hale-Bopp is very large - about 25 miles in diameter. As its orbit brought it closer to the sun, the frozen mass began to melt and a coma, which is a gaseous cloud, developed around the nucleus. This coma grew to be hundreds of thousands of miles in diameter. Finally the tail developed which became millions of miles long.