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Fragments Of Comet C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS) Start To Brighten, Per Ace Comet Hunter Terry Lovejoy.

by Anura Guruge

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The first set of imaging is by veteran comet hunter Terry Lovejoy — who has discovered 6 comets. He knows his stuff & his forte is astrophotography. His pictures show that one fragment has brightened noticeably. This could be because it is getting ever closer to the Sun and as such continuing to become more ‘active’ — i.e., ‘evaporate’ giving out gases.

The comet has definitely fragmented. Of that there is no doubt or debate. The ‘orange’ Hubble picture shows 4-fragments and JPL (2nd image) already lists 5.

As the orbital diagram shows the ‘comet’ — or to be more precise — the fragments are still a longways out and we are moving away.

The fragments may be bright, but they are SMALL. So naked-eye visibility is questionable.

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by Anura Guruge

Comet ISON Maybe A Goner, But Comet Lovejoy, C/2013 R1, Is Still Out There. Another ‘Good’ Comet.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.
Anura Guruge

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>> 4 comets in the sky — Nov. 11, 2013.
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C/2013 R1 (Lovejoy) still out there.

Where to see C/2013 R1 (Lovejoy) Dec. 6 - 15, 2013 -- over New Hampshire.

Where to see C/2013 R1 (Lovejoy) Dec. 6 – 15, 2013 — over New Hampshire. Click to ENLARGE. Arrow represents where it will be moving from E to NE each day …

That it is C/2013 R1, whereas Comet ISON was C/2012 S1, tells us that C/2013 R1 was discovered a one year after ISON.

It was actually discovered on September 7, 2013 by Australian amateur astronomer Terry Livejoy, and IT specialist by day.

This is Terry Lovejoy’s 4th comet.

His C/2011 W3 (Lovejoy), only visible, alas in the southern hemisphere, was a doozy!

Terry Lovejoy’s 2011 doozy, C/2011 W3 (Lovejoy) — the ‘great of 2011’, though viewing was restricted to the southern hemisphere.

C/2013 R1, since November 2013, at an apparent magnitude of +5 is in theory naked eye visible.

It is due to perihelion on December 22, 2013.

So it will continue to get brighter.

So if you are pining for poor ISON assuage your sorrows by trying to get a gander at the latest Lovejoy.