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C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS) might have disintegrated

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#1 kdenny2

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Posted 06 April 2020 - 12:45 PM

http://www.astronome...x53Xm5Xmk88qRKU

 

Thought this was major enough to warrant its own thread considering the hype. Major letdown for sure, if so.


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#2 Zi Mishkal

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Posted 06 April 2020 - 01:07 PM

Well, poop. 


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Posted 06 April 2020 - 01:12 PM

Well, poop. 

Well said, I was hoping to get out tonight and give it a go.



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Posted 06 April 2020 - 01:14 PM

Well said, I was hoping to get out tonight and give it a go.

 

It's still visible, and for all we know this might not even be the end of the story. The fragments could put on a (albeit lesser) show. 


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Posted 06 April 2020 - 01:17 PM

That's too bad. To be clear though, it wasn't all hype. It was a bright and pretty comet that was easily observed.



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Posted 06 April 2020 - 01:22 PM

Darn. Glad I saw it when I did then!

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Posted 06 April 2020 - 01:33 PM

That's too bad. To be clear though, it wasn't all hype. It was a bright and pretty comet that was easily observed.

Hype doesn't always have to be a bad thing. I was hyped about this comet through the roof! 


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Posted 06 April 2020 - 01:41 PM

Bummer. I have been hoping for another spectacular comet. I was only able to see Hale-Bopp and Hiyakutake and it seems great comets only come around every two or 3 decades in the Northern Hemisphere, so, at 61, my changes are dwindling. 

 

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Posted 06 April 2020 - 01:50 PM

https://www.azquotes.com/quote/1079116


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Posted 06 April 2020 - 01:59 PM

This is where I get to say, "Pictures, or it didn't happen."  

If so, I'm glad I got my 3 hours worth.  Was hoping for another chance during the new moon.



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Posted 06 April 2020 - 02:13 PM

Well so much for the fun ‍♂ At least we could capture it 



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Posted 06 April 2020 - 02:29 PM

New telegram in, also confirming the previous observations.

 

http://www.astronome...org/?read=13622

 

"It's dead, Jim."


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Posted 06 April 2020 - 03:01 PM

Maybe we will end up with a double comet. Love to see that.



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Posted 06 April 2020 - 03:06 PM

Maybe we will end up with a double comet. Love to see that.

That would be great!

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Posted 06 April 2020 - 03:33 PM

Well, I'll try to be positive. It relieves some stress. No need to look for any opportunity to observe despite work, duties, kids, clouds, rain and moon.

The path is also unfortunate: the most polluted part of the sky for me, low altitude, bad hours...

And for those in the south hemisphere, there is nothing to miss.

However, I hope some spectacle survives.
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Posted 06 April 2020 - 08:06 PM

Got some pix last nite through thin haze, but at least the gibbous moon illuminated the haze. :/

 

It's looking clearer tonite, will be interesting to see if any changes are obvious. 


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Posted 06 April 2020 - 10:10 PM

It ain't over til it's over.


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Posted 06 April 2020 - 10:43 PM

Well, it's getting close to showtime, may as well wander out and wake up the mount, get started. Some thin clouds drifted in yet again... yay. 


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Posted 07 April 2020 - 07:44 AM

See Spaceweather.com this morning for more information and photos.

 

Atlas may, indeed, be breaking up! 

 

Anyone who has seen multi-part comets knows they can be interesting, but this IS a bummer for those who wanted a bright--if not spectacular--comet!


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Posted 07 April 2020 - 10:41 AM

No joy on my end, cirrus came in and hung around till bedtime. Another try tonite.



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Posted 07 April 2020 - 01:30 PM

Not over yet!. Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?


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#22 Mike Lynch

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Posted 07 April 2020 - 02:29 PM

Not over yet!. Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?

Uh....When was THAT? grin.gif


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Posted 07 April 2020 - 02:33 PM

https://www.spacewea...KFoIfPHH2LZxDy0


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Posted 07 April 2020 - 02:49 PM

Uh....When was THAT? grin.gif

https://www.youtube....h?v=SVY7w9DqZ_A


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Posted 07 April 2020 - 02:53 PM

Ooooooo-kay! That clears THAT up!!  wink.gif




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