Discovered by Alan Hale and Thomas Bopp on 22 July 1995, this comet will appear bright in the sky because it is exceptionally large, not because it is making a particularly close approach. The nearest it gets to us is 123 million miles - more distant than the Sun - so there is no danger of a collision. But at about 25 miles across this sizzling cosmic snowball is more than twice the size of Halley's Comet.
A vast amount of information on Comet Hale-Bopp is available on the World Wide Web. Try http:// New Products. jpl. nasa. gov/ comet/ as a starting point.Reuse content