My name is Bill. I live near and work in Springfield, Illinois. My interests are: photography, astronomy, politics, technology, reading & writing.

My user name, hyakutake, is the name of a comet discovered in 1996 and is one of the closest approaches by a comet to Earth in 200 years. It is a long period comet and won’t swing back by for another 100,000 years. Hyakutake was discovered by Yuji Hyakutake (hya-ku-ta-keh), an amateur astronomer in southern Japan using powerful binoculars with six-inch objective lenses.

Thanks for stopping by.


6 Responses to “About”

  1. Richard Says:

    I’d just like to say how I really enjoy reading your blog – nearly all your posts interest me in some way, especially the space/astronomy ones.


  2. hyakutake1957 Says:

    Thanks Richard. I appreciate it. I enjoy reading about astronomy and watching tv shows on the subject. In learning something from what I read I have a desire to share what I find. I’m glad you like it so far. I know I post on a variety of subjects, perhaps at some point I’ll split the astronomy off into its own blog.

  3. bibomedia Says:


  4. Enjoying the blog. I keep reading about astronomy, and what’s happening at Mars and Saturn is always very interesting. Just a little tip, though. Hyakutake is pronounced “Hya-ku-ta-keh.” I live in Japan and study Japanese. But anyway, great blog 🙂

  5. hyakutake1957 Says:

    Thank you very much. I appreciate the feedback.

  6. No problem. Always glad to help.

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