Comet Hyakutake (C/1996 B2)
Fr.: comète Hyakutake
A → long-period comet found in January 1996, which became the brightest comet since → Comet West in 1976. It was a bright naked-eye object and remained so in March, April, and May of 1996. At closest approach to Earth on March 25, is was only 0.10 AU away, displaying a long tail of up to 100 degrees. Small fragments were observed to break off the main nucleus. Hyakutake was the first comet from which X-ray emission was detected.
→ comet; Named after the Japanese amateur astronomer Yuuji Hyakutake (1951-2002), who discovered this comet in the morning of January 30, 1996.
To catch up with in traveling or pursuit; draw even with (Dictionary.com).
To get into one's hold or possession by voluntary action; to hold, grasp, or grip (Dictionary.com).
M.E. taken "to take, strike, grasp," O.E. tacan "to grasp, touch," probably from Old Norse taka "to take, grasp;" cf. M.Du. taken "to grasp;," Gothic tekan "to touch."
Gereftan "to take, seize, hold;" Mid.Pers. griftan, gir- "to take, hold, restrain;" O.Pers./Av. grab- "to take, seize;" cf. Skt. grah-, grabh- "to seize, take," graha- "seizing, holding, perceiving;" M.L.G. grabben "to grab;" E. grab "to take or grasp suddenly;" PIE *ghrebh- "to seize;" see also → assumption, → concept.