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Fragments Of Comet C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS) Start To Brighten, Per Ace Comet Hunter Terry Lovejoy.

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The first set of imaging is by veteran comet hunter Terry Lovejoy — who has discovered 6 comets. He knows his stuff & his forte is astrophotography. His pictures show that one fragment has brightened noticeably. This could be because it is getting ever closer to the Sun and as such continuing to become more ‘active’ — i.e., ‘evaporate’ giving out gases.

The comet has definitely fragmented. Of that there is no doubt or debate. The ‘orange’ Hubble picture shows 4-fragments and JPL (2nd image) already lists 5.

As the orbital diagram shows the ‘comet’ — or to be more precise — the fragments are still a longways out and we are moving away.

The fragments may be bright, but they are SMALL. So naked-eye visibility is questionable.


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Hubble Imaging Shows Comet C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS), Alas, Continuing To Fragment.

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Efrain Morales Rivera’s imaging as of April 22, 2020.

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C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS), as I told you last week, has started to fragment.


Some very clear & graphic imaging on C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS) from Hubble.

You can clearly see that it continues to break-up. It will NOT be naked-eye visible. SORRY.

Hopefully C/2020 F8 (SWAN) will step in. I am keeping an eye — quite literally.


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New Images Of Comet C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS) By Famous Puerto Rican Astronomer ‘Efrain Morales Rivera’.

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C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS), as I told you last week, has started to fragment.


This is what Mr. Rivera has to say, today: “Comet 2019 Y4 ATLAS has fragmented and lost about two mags in brightness and has a diffuse coma. Let’s see after it reaches Mercury orbit and retrogrades back if it survives.

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Comet C/2020 F8 (SWAN) Steps In As Naked-Eye Candidate C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS) Fizzles.

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A brand new comet, discovered in March 2020 — hence the ‘2020 F’ (6th half-month of 2020).

SWAN denotes that it was found by the Solar Wind ANisotropies (SWAN) instrument of the SOHO spacecraft studying the Sun.

Its perihelion date is May 27, 2020.

It could become naked-eye visible in a few weeks. I will keep YOU posted. Promise.


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Comet C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS) Unlikely To NOW Be Naked-Eye — It Is Breaking Up.

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SHAME.

But, I did say, very clearly — DO NOT GET YOUR HOPES UP.

I was hoping. I would have liked to have seen another naked-eye comet. The last was 23-years ago! That is too long.

There is a WHOLE generation, in the Northern Hemisphere, that have never seen a naked-eye comet. (Yes, there have been a FEW in the Southern Hemisphere.)

That it started breaking up this far from the Sun is incongruous. But, it is travelling at breakneck speeds, getting faster by the second.

Well, that was THAT. SMILE.

Wait for another.

Waited 7-years for this.


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‘COVID-19 Comet’ The Nickname For C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS) Which Could Light Up The Skies In May — As The Virus …

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Covid-19 Comet virus Anura Guruge

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It is common to give major comets nicknames based on when they will make their appearance. So, we have had: ‘great March comet‘, ‘Christmas comet‘, ‘Thanksgiving comet‘ etc.

Well, the expectation is that C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS) will start to peak around May 2020. That will also be when COVID-19 is really making its mark in the U.S.

With luck, the ‘COVID-19 Comet‘ will be a distraction. A heavenly sign that things are coming to an end.

Whatever, there is no other apropos name for this comet, C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS). It has to be the COVID-19 Comet.


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ANOTHER Possible Naked Eye Visible Comet, C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS) — But Let Us Not Get Hopes Up.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C/2019_Y4_(ATLAS)


This comet looks promising BUT when it comes to comet so many let you down badly. Remember, remember my great comet, C/2012 S1 (ISON). See one of my diagrams below.

We have had a couple more since that failed to deliver on their promise.

C/2019 Y4 is currently around the orbit of Mars.

In a month’s time it will be getting close to us as the top diagram shows.

I will keep you posted. Promise.

If you are interested in comets check my COMET book (below) and here.


Comet ISON IF it had rounded the Sun — rather than getting FRIED by it, because it went so close.


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