SS: the reason I know about this is because I was there. the great comet Hale-Bopp left near Dorado where it passed the Large Magenellic Cloud just as a Wolf Rayet star outburst in the Large Magenellic Cloud. Hale-Bopp was seen in a spiraling motion several years after it’s passage just as it was seen with a spiraling motion several years before it arrived. i called this the ‘Tail Winds’ of comet Hale-Bopp.

Visiting with an Old and Active Friend La Silla Telescope Views Comet Hale-Bopp at 2 Billion Kilometres – When Comet Hale-Bopp passed through the inner solar system in early 1997, it was admired in the sky by a substantial fraction of the world’s population. It was the true image of a “classical” comet, with a bright head and an enormous, multi-coloured tail. Due to its fortuitous orbit, it remained visible in the evening sky during several months, with all the associated positive effects. Professional observers at large telescopes around the world gathered the richest data ever obtained from a single comet, amateurs at star parties in different countries made large numbers of beautiful images and hardly a day passed without media reports about the latest developments of this spectacular celestial phenomenon. It is no wonder that, as an extra bonus, the general interest in astronomy received a major boost on this occasion.

Comet Hale-Bopp was still seen Mar 06 2001 deep in the southern sky, south of the Large Magellanic Cloud in the constellation Dorado (The Goldfish). Hale-Bopp continued to be active, despite the very low temperature where it is now. This is quite unusual for a comet and is clearly confirmed on the present photo. Hale-Bopp has been steadily emitting dust and gas all the time since the perihelion passage four years ago. Most astronomers believe that this unusual state must in some way be connected to the exceptionally large size of its nucleus, but the details are not known.

[vsnet-obs 33445] LMC V3804 bright Sun, 29 Apr 2001 The WR variable LMC V3804 (aka PPM 354885) noticeably brighter than usual this evening.  Estimated visual mags:

2001 Apr 28.60 UT  9.0
2001 Apr 28.63 UT  9.2:

Usual mag is near 10. This is one of the brightest stars in/near NGC 2070. Continued observation now vexed by low altitude and cloud. cheers, Michael Mattiazzo

[vsnet-campaign-be 115] (fwd) Re: LMCV3804 brighter Mon, 30 Apr 2001 I can confirm Michael’s discovery because I was visiting his place on the weekend. For a moment I thought we might have found a fresh SN! The most recent “negative” observation I know about was on March 30, while showing off NGC 2070 for a public astronomy night. Several observers (including me) who are familiar with the usual appearance of NGC 2070 did not notice anything unusual about the starfield that night. I will have another look tonight, clouds permitting. cheers, Fraser Farrell

Photo: PR Photo 07a/01 shows Comet Hale-Bopp, still active at a distance of nearly 2,000 million kilometres from the Sun. The photo is a colour composite of several exposures in different wavebands, obtained with the Wide-Field Imager (WFI) camera at the MPG/ESO 2.2-m telescope at the La Silla Observatory. Despite the very large distance from the Sun, the comet is still “active” – it continues to lose material, as demonstrated by the curved jet, and also possesses an enormous coma. The broad, fan-shaped extension in the tail direction (to the upper left) measures at least 2 million kilometres. (ESO – European Spoace Observatory)