All the excitement around Comet Atlas has me remembering the naked eye comets I have seen in my lifetime.
I can remember two comets that were visible naked eye, with obvious nucleus and tail.
The easy memory was C/1995 O1(Hale-Bopp) in March of 1997 in south Texas.
I was able to recreate it on SkySafari with the relevant date/location/time.
The difficult memory is a smaller comet (still obvious nucleus and tail) I observed one evening in south Texas as a boy. The year would have been between 1966 and 1972.
I’ve searched everywhere and can only come up with a list of great comets that do not fit my memory as to location, date parameter, and observation time.
Does anyone remember a naked eye comet visible in the after sunset, in south Texas, in the late 60’s - early 70’s?
Typing the question out makes it feel like a ridiculous ask, but maybe, just maybe, someone has a better memory.