A comet for december

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Excellent - about time we had another comet to have a look at.
 

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Gee I might dig out the old telescope, laptop and camera just to get a shot of it.

Hope the smoke is gone by then.
 

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Atlas is coming to prominence.


Important dates are the 28th May, when it passes closes to the sun, then - potentially - the last week of July, when it closes in on Earth.

Whatever happens in the two weeks either side of June 1st dictates how good or bad this could be.
 

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On an estimated 5,467 year orbit, Comet Y4 ATLAS last visited the inner solar system sometime back in the late 4th millennium BC, and will next grace our skies in the late 76th century AD. The comet’s orbit is inclined 45 degrees relative to the ecliptic, and it just passed opposition on February 17th. At its closest, the comet will be moving at 2 degrees per day through the sky in late May, about four times the apparent diameter of the Full Moon.


I hope this is the catalyst to reignite the sun, things have been somewhat boring lately.
 
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