New Comet – Ikeya-Murakami

A new comet has been found by two Japanese amateurs.  Comet IKEYA-MURAKAMI is visible using a telescope or strong binoculars in the morning just before dawn.  Look east to where Venus is visible below Saturn.  The comet is moving downward and leftward very, very close to Saturn.

Ikeya-Murakami

It may soon be a spectacular sight as it has already passed its closest point to the Sun, absorbed some heat and is changing its appearance rapidly possibly due to evaporation or ice-caverns collapsing.  In similar circumstances other comets have exploded.

Thanks to Space Weather.

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