This is an old story here still cause it is. SCIENTISTS ARGUE ABOUT HALE-BOPP COMPANION
Claims that an anomalous object is accompanying the Comet Hale-Bopp on its tour of the solar system continue to stir controversy.
On Sunday, December 8, Linda Moulton Howe appeared on the Art Bell Show and played two audiotapes from female scientists who questioned the “companion’s” existence. One tape had comments from Dr. Martha Hanner, a comet specialist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, whose field is infrared astronomy. Dr. Hanner reportedly said an object as large as the “companion” should certainly have been visible to infrared telescopes. But it has not.
“Something that huge should certainly be shining bright in the infrared range.”
The second tape by Dr. Karen Melch of the University of Hawaii’s Institute of Astronomy in Honolulu told how Hale-Bopp has been observed steadily since November 11 on the institute’s large telescope array, with its charge-coupled device (CCD) 8-K camera. Their picture of the sky is 16 times larger than a conventional CCD-mounted telescope, with a field of view resolution of 33 percent of one degree.
“There’s clearly nothing in there but the stars and the comet,” Dr. Melch reportedly said, adding that a UFO the size reported by astronomer Chuck Shramek of Houston, Texas would use up 6 arc-seconds of sky or 30 pixels in the CCD-telescope view. “You can’t have something that large close to Hale-Bopp without it affecting the orbit, and the orbit has not been affected.”
Yet Dr. Lee Shargell, a former employee of NASA and an associate of Dr. Richard Boylan, reportedly confirmed that he had detected radio signals coming from the “companion.” The signals were in the K-A and K-U high megahertz band. He predicted that, when Hale-Bopp comes close to Earth in the spring, the signals might affect radio and TV transmissions. (Editor’s Comment: Here’s a science project for our readers. Those of you who have PrimeStar or USBS receivers might want to aim your backyard dishes at Hale-Bopp some clear night in March 1997. If you pick up an alien sitcom, be sure to videotape it.)