poetry and prose about place

Posts Tagged ‘Comet Hale-Bopp

places off-planet #5 – Comet Hale-Bopp 1996

with 6 comments

Comet Hale-Bopp could be seen from Earth in late 1996 and early 1997.  Its strange name is from the independent co-discoverers, Alan Hale and Thomas Bopp.  Hale-Bopp was a large comet, with a nucleus of about 60 miles in diameter.  It had two visible tails, one of gas and one of dust, and had a third tail of sodium.  It has been called the most-observed comet in history.  Hale-Bopp won’t be back until 4385!

I have no specific memory of Hale-Bopp itself, although I do remember a common saying in our household in 1997 was to greet almost every out-of-place object with “Hail!  Bopp!”.  The poem I wrote after seeing the comet is all I have to know how it appeared to me.

Do you remember seeing Hale-Bopp?

photo from Wikimedia Commons, taken by Philipp Salzgeber





also a comet


Hail! bright star


a flare in the western sky

a diamond


a sparkler

embedded in smoke



©  Jane Tims  1997

Written by jane tims

May 14, 2012 at 8:09 am

%d bloggers like this: