Probably the biggest comet I’ve ever seen, Comet Hykutake in 1996 was truly something extraordinary. I remember being at a rest stop that was being constructed on I-49, north of Opelousas, LA. It was a perfect place since it was so dark. But, a few people would drive in and pass by me. A couple cars stopped and asked what I was seeing. I told one group to get out the car and look up. Hyakutake stretched half-way across the sky – a huge comet with a tremendous tail. It was breathtaking from a dark sky location. They were dumbstruck after seeing it, not realizing that a magnificent comet was right over their heads and they never noticed it.
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