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Thomas Bopp
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    (1949- )
    Moved to Phoenix, Arizona
    Co-discoverer with Alan Hale Comet Hale-Bopp (July 23, 1995)
    He went to the observation site in the desert where he made his discovery with his car headlights on (strictly taboo in the world of astronomy).
    He didn't have his own telescope, so he borrowed one from a friend.
    He contacted the Central Bureau of Astronomical Telegrams (the central point for all astronomical discoveries) by way of a telegram (way to utilize that 1990's technology).
    He got second banana billing when C/1995 O1 was formally designated Comet Hale-Bopp.
    When his car wouldn't start, his father loaned him the use of his the night he made his fateful discovery.
    The observation was his first comet sighting though he had dabbled in astronomy for years.
    His brother and sister-in-law were killed in a car crash after filming the comet - he said of the tragedy after his triumph, 'This has been the best week of my life. And the worst.'
    He knows full well as an amateur. it was an extreme stroke of luck he found the comet. He takes ribbing about it good naturedly and gives hope to other aspiring astronomers that their day to shine may come.

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