Proceedings of IAU Colloquium 186, 21-25 January 2002, Tenerife ,Spain
Comet Hale-Bopp defines a milestone event for cometary science: it is the first "really big" comet observed with modern equipment on the ground and from space and due to that it is considered to be a new reference object in cometary sciences.
At the beginning of a new era in spacecraft exploration of comets and five years after Hale-Bopp's perihelion passage, these proceedings of invited and contributed papers for IAU Colloquium 186 "Cometary Science after Hale-Bopp", review the state-of-the-art knowledge on comets, the icy, dusty and most primordial left-overs of the formation disk of our own solar system.
This is the first volume with invited review papers. A second volume, with contributed papers, is published as ISBN 1-4020-0978-X.