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HaleBopp2007

C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS) has faded. ¿Maybe C/2020 F8 (SWAN)?

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So, ATLAS has disintegrated, and it won't provide us a great show in May. But there's another comet that could reach naked-eye visibility in the same time that ATLAS' debris reach perihelion. It's C/2020 F8 (SWAN). It's had an outburst recently and it could reach 3rd or even 2nd mag. And it's looking pretty good from the southern hemisphere! Here, in the north, we'll be the only ones that will see the perihelion of the comet.

https://www.eluniversohoy.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/348348432823823923934-1024x765.jpg

So let's see if we're lucky this time... No one knows what could happen, but I have hope. It was only discovered on March 25th, so there's still time to see how this comet reacts.

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Well, if you have dark skies, binoculars and a telescope, and if it doesn't fizzle out, sure it will!

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Many people have reported a big tail. Let's hope it gets bigger and brighter as the comet reaches perihelion. It's already a naked - eye object (Nearly 4th mag)! 

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So this comet has also faded... But, C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) can still put a good show in July. It will probably reach 2nd, 1st or even 0 mag.

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