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LEFT: Comet PANSTARRS C/2016 M1 (no. 629) on January 17, 2019, from the LCO facility at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile. RIGHT: Comet Iwamoto C/2018 Y1 (no. 658) on January 16, 2019, from Teide Observatory in the Canary Islands.

Two distant incoming Comets PANSTARRS. LEFT: Comet C/2017 T2, on January 17, 2019, from the LCO facility at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile. (The comet is the small, slightly fuzzy object just above left of center.) As I discuss in an earlier posted image, this comet may become fairly bright as it approaches perihelion passage in May 2020. RIGHT: Comet C/2017 K2, on January 17, 2019, from the LCO facility at McDonald Observatory in Texas. (The image was taken during early dawn; the comet is the faint, diffuse object just above center.) I discuss this comet under "Long-Range Comets" on the Incoming Comets page. At the time this image was taken the comet's heliocentric distance was 12.4 AU, yet it shows up plainly on this 150-second exposure with a 0.4-meter telescope. It is actually a bit brighter than Comet Hale-Bopp C/1995 O1 (no. 199) was at a similar heliocentric distance inbound.

     

         

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