Hale-Bopp is a near-parabolic comet in our Solar System.
Hale-Bopp is commonly called the Comet Hale-Bopp.
Hale-Bopp is also known as The Great Comet of 1997 and C/1995 O1.
The Hale-Bopp comet was discovered on July 23rd, 1995, by Alan Hale and Thomas Bopp.
Alan and Thomas didn't discover Hale-Bopp together. They both discovered it separately on July 23rd, 1995.
The Hale-Bopp comet was so bright it could be viewed with the naked eye for 18 months.
Astronomers estimated that the rotation period of the Hale-Bopp comet was just under 12 hours.
Astronomers estimate that the current orbital period of the Comet Hale-Bopp is between 2520 and 2533 years.
Astronomers estimated that Hale-Bopp's nucleus was between 25 and 50 miles in diameter.
Astronomers detected organic chemicals via spectroscopic observations of the Comet Hale-Bopp.
The easy visibility and heavy media coverage of the Comet Hale-Bopp make it the most-observed comet in history.
The Hale-Bopp comet was nearest to Earth (perihelion) on April 1st, 1997.
Astronomers estimate that the last time Hale-Bopp was nearest to Earth was in 2215 BCE or 4,200 years ago.
The next time the Comet Hale-Bopp will be nearest to Earth is around the year 4385.
Astronomers think the Hale-Bopp comet may have almost collided with Jupiter in 2215 BC.
The Hale-Bopp comet holds the record for the longest visibility by a naked eye. You could see it with your naked eye for 18 months, which is twice as longer as the previous record holder, the Great Comet of 1811.
Members of a cult called the Heaven's Gate thought a spaceship was flying behind the Hale-Bopp comet. Sadly, 39 members committed suicide, believing they would be teleported to that spaceship.