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Hi all:

Just to let you know there is a comet visiting our part of the cosmos.  It has been named Comet “Atlas” and because it will come VERY close to the sun, there is a chance that it could be VERY bright.  There is no guarantee of this but I thought you should know as I feel it’s a shame that many people go through their whole lives without ever witnessing one of these ancient mariners.  Here is the link for anyone interested:

https://earthsky.org/space/how-to-see-bright-comet-c-2019-y4-atlas

 

Oh and also, there is NO chance that this comet will strike the earth and is therefore NOT “the doomsday comet”!   For me, Astronomy is just a source of wonder but after I posted this about the comet, I thought that some folks might have heard some gossip or other nonsense that the tabloids love to puke up!

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Hi just an update on Comet Atlas... it appears that the comet recently broke apart into pieces and that (they say) does not bode well for the hopes of it becoming brighter (more impressive to watch).  It will be closest to our Earth in May, but for now you have to have a telescope or binoculars to see it. 

 

I have attached a link (below) that shows where in the sky the comet will be in the upcoming months.

 

https://skyandtelescope.org/wp-content/uploads/WEB_Comet_Atlas_Finder_BW.pdf

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Hi so I thought I would show everyone a picture from a spacecraft that took a close-up picture of Halley’s Comet back, errrr, well I don’t remember exactly when, by the European “Giotto” probe.  This picture shows what a comet is all about.....a comet is a “dirty snowball” and when it comes close to the sun, it starts to spew off gases and dust that we see as its tail...  This picture is from Wikipedia, and it is a closeup image of Halley’s Comet...

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Halley_Giotto.jpg

 

The picture was taken in 1986.

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I am attaching a better picture that is a close-up of comet 67P/C - G.  It was taken by the European Space Agency’s “Rosetta” spacecraft in 2014.  I recommend that you visit the Wikipedia page if the picture whets your appetite.  The object is about 2.5 by 1.6 miles in size and is made of dust and ices and while it may look bright in the photo, the comet is actually darker than a lump of coal.

DB670E16-FC5C-4A07-8AFB-7431C52A487E.jpeg

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