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Uploaded on Jul 29, 2011
One of the greatest comets in recent times, comet Hyakutake's close approach to the Earth in the spring of 1996 allowed Canadian telescope maker and astrophotographer Peter Ceravolo to capture detail in the dynamic tail in hundreds of images spanning a two week period. Fellow astronomy enthusiast Douglas George strung the images together to bring the comet to life in a time lapse sequence that, to this day, still has no equal. While Peter photographed the tail with a wide field telescope from Arizona, Paul Boltwood imaged the comet's active inner coma at high power from Ottawa to create a stunning time-lapse sequence of the comet's inner workings. This video has been edited from the original 45 minute "Comet Odyssey" documentary released in 1997.