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Photo Release: Hubble Captures Breakup of Comet ATLAS

28 Apr 2020, 17:00 UTC
Photo Release: Hubble Captures Breakup of Comet ATLAS

The comet was first discovered in December 2019 by the ATLAS (Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System) robotic astronomical survey system in Hawaiʻi, USA. It brightened quickly until mid-March, and some astronomers initially anticipated that it might be visible to the naked eye in May to become one of the most spectacular comets seen in the last two decades. 

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