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WASHINGTON - The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory's (NRL's) Large Angle Spectrometric Coronagraph (LASCO) instrument on board the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) satellite launched December 2, 1995, from Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida. For the first time, scientists were able to observe a close encounter of a long orbital period (10,000 years) comet with the Sun. NRL's LASCO is orbiting in deep space aboard the ESA-NASA SOHO satellite. Comet Hyakutake entered the field of view from of the LASCO's C3 coronagraph on April 29, 1996 and left the field of view on May 5, 1996. This picture shows the comet to the north of the Sun. The bright region near the Sun is a coronal mass ejection. [Reference Photo: 96-000112(1)]


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