Detail View: NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day Collection: How Much is That Comet in the Window?

Title: 
How Much is That Comet in the Window?
Explanation: 
The above true-color photo [ http://vh002.infi.net/foto/features/hyaku11.htm ] taken March 25th shows Comet Hyakutake [ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap960326.html ] passing below the stars of the Big Dipper [ http://www.astro.wisc.edu/~dolan/constellations/constellations/Ursa_Major.html ]. Many astronomy enthusiasts delight in helping people in their local community see the comet. Both Jerry Bonnell and I (RJN) from APOD [ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/lib/about_apod.html ] have been so inclined - both now and when Comet Halley came by [ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/htmltest/gifcity/comet.html ] in 1986. During these sessions, many good questions are asked and occasionally a humorous situation will arise. One was with a little girl. She waited so patiently for her turn to look through the telescope, hardly able to contain her excitement. Finally her turn came. "Do you see the comet?" I asked. "Wow, wow, WOW!" She beamed. "You see it?" "No." One little boy seemed particularly bent on destruction. "This telescope looks like a big gun," he volunteered. "In some ways, it's even "more" powerful than a gun," I replied, hoping to challenge his imagination. "Really?" he countered. "Can we shoot down the comet?" "How expensive is the telescope?" is a fairly common question. But one time a "real" business-person showed up and, possibly feeling particularly affluent, asked "How much is the comet?"
Credit and Copyright: 
Johnny Horne, Fayetteville Publishing Co. [ http://vh002.infi.net/ ]
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1986
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Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
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comet
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1986
original url: 
http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap960327.html
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SPD-APOD-ap960327