Hale-Bopp at T-26 days. This is a painting of comet Hale-Bopp as it appeared on the morning of 1997 March 6 from Tucson Arizona. When I awoke to look at the comet, I was surprised to see the plume from a rocket launched from White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The plume evolved spectacularly and I later took some photographs of the plume. This painting attempts to capture the early appearance of the plume along with the comet, city lights, and cacti as might be seen from the Tucson mountains west of town. The original is a 14 by 18 inch acrylic on illustration board, completed March 1997.

Last update: May 7, 1997