Image: Comet C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS) on March 14, 2020
Comet C/2019 Y4 (Atlas) has broken up into over 30 pieces , most as big as a house.
We have no idea if there will be anything to view by the end of May now, but we will be looking 🙂
C/2019 Y4 is a near-parabolic comet that was discovered by the ATLAS survey on December 28, 2019 in Hawaii, which made it the last comet discovery of that year. The comet has a similar orbit to the Great Comet of 1844, leading to speculation on whether C/2019 Y4 is a fragment of the same parent body as the 1844 Comet.
If it looks like we can observe the Comet in a group, 3 morning times will be listed to observe the comet from one of the best vantage points in the district, so keep an eye on this page for updates.
Below are finder maps for 3 different times, green areas are not visible from Ballarat ie below the horizon at the given time. These maps are now out of date and will load new maps if we can see anything!