C/1996 B2 (Hyakutake)

1st file:  Naked-eye drawings of Comet Hyakutake's positions over time:
2nd file:   Combination drawings:  Naked-eye and 10x50 (from 4/19/96 to 3/22/96)
This comet knocked my socks off.  Much better than the 1986 apparition of Halley.  This baby was naked-eye and showed tail.  It could be seen, tail and all (averted vision) from surburban locales.  I viewed Halley “alone”, I SHOWED Hyakutake to people, without equipment, and they KNEW they saw a comet. It was also the first “Internet” comet for the masses.


I was amazed to have GOOD maps to find this on the internet.  What an amazing tool, and it is just taken for granted today.


I did a combination of naked-eye and bino (10x50) sketches.  It is interesting to see the detail that I sketched at the time, with VERY little knowledge of comet anatomy at that point.  I drew what I saw, and what is noticeable is that I could not describe it very well !







Third file:  Drawings from 3/23/96 to 4/1/96: