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Comet Hale-Bopp

HK may enjoy rare astronomical event: newspaper

Updated at 12.53pm: Hong Kong might experience a rare astronomical event next month - when two visible comets appear together over the territory, the Sun newspaper reported on Thursday.

Thursday, 15 April, 2004, 12:00am

Your opportunity to see Hale-Bopp

Comet Hale-Bopp, believed to be the most brilliant comet of the century - which will not return for about 3,000 years - has grabbed the attention of star-lovers all over the world.

The next two weeks will be prime time to view this spectacular comet, which can be seen in the northwestern sky after sunset.

7 Apr 1997 - 12:00am

End the world and foil the handover

Sorry. Don't like to interrupt, but have you seen this? It's in that respected journal the New Scientist. It can't be ascribed to superstition if it's in there, you know. Only the top people and Week Ending's dad and mum read it.

5 Apr 1997 - 12:00am

Stargazers go comet crazy

Alien spaceships, cult followers in a mass suicide pact, castrations and apocalyptic predictions: what is it about the Comet Hale-Bopp? During the current fortnight hundreds of astronomers will be glued to the night skies, eyes peeled for the comet.

3 Apr 1997 - 12:00am

Comets of the century star in new sky show

In the ancient world comets symbolised catastrophe as their appearance was often accompanied by calamities such as pestilence, famine and wars.

Today, however, comets are no longer regarded as mystical, celestial bodies.

Their true identity is being revealed in a new sky show being screened by the Urban Council's Hong Kong Space Museum at its Space Theatre.

10 Feb 1997 - 12:00am

1997 flyby for bright new comet

A COMET brighter than the 1986 return of Halley's is expected to storm across Hong Kong skies in late spring of 1997 - forming a bad omen just before the handover.

Chinese see comets as an omen of death or disaster.

4 Sep 1995 - 12:00am