Atlas is dead – Long Live Comet SWAN!

C/2020 F8 (SWAN), or Comet SWAN, is a comet that was discovered in images taken by the SWAN camera on March 25, 2020, aboard the Solar Heliospheric Observer (SOHO) spacecraft.[1][2]

It is 0.8 AU (120 million km; 310 LD) from Earth in the constellation of Aquarius. It has an apparent magnitude of 5.6 and is visible to the naked eye from a dark site. It may be in outburst mode now and rich with hydrogen. It is best seen from the Southern hemisphere.

Look towards the east before sunrise to see if you can catch it either visual, with binoculars or even a very modest focal length (~200mm currently) lens. Don’t forget to send us your photos or use the hashtag #bintelastronomy!

APOD image by Gerald Rhemann

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