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Life and death of a comet?


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About this observation
Peter Tickner
Time of observation
13/04/2020 - 16:52
Comet C/2019 Y4 ATLAS
Observing location
Urban Berkshire
ZWO ASI071 MC Pro CMOS camera
14inch LX200 SCT at f/10
EQ8 mount
OAG with Lodestar X2 Autoguider

I've been fortunate enough to image this comet on six out of the last seven days, during which time it has changed radically, becoming much fainter, the old coma elongating and spreading down the tail and a new coma emerging, which last night in between gusting winds I could see in my images appears to be detatching itself from the old coma and tail.


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