Thomas Bopp

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Thomas Bopp
Born(1949-10-15)October 15, 1949
Denver, Colorado, United States
DiedJanuary 6, 2018(2018-01-06) (aged 68)
Alma materYoungstown State University
Occupation(s)Professional speaker, amateur astronomer
Known forCo-discovery of comet Hale–Bopp with Alan Hale

Thomas J. Bopp (October 15, 1949 – January 6, 2018) was an American astronomer. He was best known as the co-discoverer of comet Hale–Bopp (with Alan Hale) in 1995.[1]

On the night of July 22, Bopp was observing the sky with friends in the Arizona desert when he made the discovery. It was the first comet he had observed and he was using a borrowed, home-built telescope. Hale and Bopp both discovered the comet by chance at approximately the same time.

Bopp died on January 6, 2018 at the age of 68.[2]

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  1. Ramamurthy G. (August 2005). Biographical Dictionary of Great Astronomers, Surah Books (pvt) Ltd., Chennai
  2. Thomas Bopp, codécouvreur de la comète Hale-Bopp nous a quitté (in French)

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