Visitor submit by Paul Dorian
This photograph was taken in Switzerland a number of days and it reveals three fragments of Comet ATLAS confirming what different beginner astronomers have witnessed…the breaking up of this once-promising comet. Photograph courtesy Jose de Queiroz, spaceweather.com
There was an opportunity that Comet ATLAS was going to placed on a stunning present in the course of the month of Might, however as has been the expertise with many comets in latest historical past, these hopes vanished as we approached occasion time. Actually, there is no such thing as a longer any doubt that Comet ATLAS (formally named C/2019 Y4) is falling aside.
The breakup of Comet ATLAS coincides with a pointy decline in its brightness. The Comet Remark Database reveals a drop of two full magnitudes (an element of greater than 6). Plot courtesy spaceweather.com
Quite a few beginner astronomers are literally witnessing the breakup of Comet ATLAS and offering photos of particular person fragments. One such photograph from Switzerland on April 11 (above) reveals three items of the once-promising comet. The breakup of the comet coincides with a pointy decline in its brightness in latest days as there was a drop of two full magnitudes as reported by spaceweather.com. The pattern isn’t good and suggests the comet may truly utterly disintegrate earlier than its shut strategy to the solar on the finish of Might.
Transfer over Comet Kohoutek (1974)…you’ve gotten some firm.
Meteorologist Paul Dorian
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April 16, 2020 in Local weather Information, Area. Tags: Comet ATLAS