Potential Bright Naked Eye Comet C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS) in Mid-May 2020?!

Bandar Seri Begawan – Comet C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS) is peaking brightness as it close approaching to Earth on Sat May 23, 2020, about 0.25 AU from the Sun. It is readily visible from the Northern hemisphere

Currently in the constellation of Ursa Major, the comet is easily spotted (~magnitude 9.5) and appeared as a fuzzy ball in a small telescope despite of bright moonlit sky last night (Mac 12, 2020). No clear sign of a comet tail at the moment.

Tiny fuzzy ball in the sky (indicated by arrow) is visible in a small telescope. Image by Hazarry of PABD from Brunei Darussalam on March 12, 2020 at 23:00 (UTC+8)
Discovery DateDecember 28, 2019
Magnitude19.6 mag
DiscovererAsteroid Terrestrial-Impact Last Alert System (ATLAS) search program

Light curve of the comet: http://www.aerith.net/comet/catalog/2019Y4/2019Y4.html and http://astro.vanbuitenen.nl/comet/2019Y4

Based on it’s light curves, if we are lucky it may turn out to be a bright naked eye comet in mid-May this year.

More info and updates of the comet: https://theskylive.com/c2019y4-info

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