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I was witness to what i believe was a comet approximately Autumn 1969.
It was extrememly bright (-30?) to my 6 year old mind w/ a hooked tail and in the eastern sky.
Any direction to resources to identify this event would be very appreciated.
Started around December of '69.
Try Googling it, should be things out there about it.
this comet was discovered in 1969 link below.C&MS: C/1969 Y1 (Bennett)
Here is a commet of intrest that i believe was in the time period you are looking for :http://cometography.com/pcomets/097p.html. read all of it because this commet cannot be timed or dated as of now.
This Comet also passes close to one of our planets.