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The death of C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS)?


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About this observation
Nick James
Time of observation
13/05/2020 - 21:43
C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS)
Observing location
Chelmsford, UK
C11 Edge HD + FLI6303

Here's my compilation of C/2019 Y4 from tonight. There is lots to see. The bright elongated coma contains three condensations as shown in the upper right inset. It is at the root of a bright ion tail in PA 25 deg or so. Then there is a big cloud of dust along PA 45 with a brighter sunward bar of material along PA 225. At the head of this bar is an isolated 17th mag component indicated in the bottom left inset. I don't think I have ever seen such a strange looking object.

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