Comets are a wondrous sight for amateur astronomers. As one approaches it often reveals a tail, slowly unfurling a long ghostly banner of light. Hale-Bopp was a splendid sight during 1996, when multiple jets spewed dust and gas from its nucleus. The clarity of features was outstanding even by historic standards.

Check here for guides and fun tips that you can use to observe comets. While Hale-Bopp won’t return for another 2,500 years, there will certainly be another Comet ISON in the not-so-distant future. You can also check our news section for updates on the latest comets.