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Two morning comets


Gregg Ruppel
 

Hi all:

Two new comets grace the early morning sky, c2020 M3 ATLAS and c2020 S3 Erasmus.  Both of these comets were discovered earlier this year by the Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System when they were about magnitude 18.  Both have now brightened, M3 to around 8th magnitude and S3 to around 11th.  M3 is cruising north from Lepus toward Orion; S3 is in Hydra.

M3 ATLAS
http://www.greggsastronomy.com/IMAGES/c2020-M3-ATLAS-LRGB_102220.jpg
inverted crop:
http://www.greggsastronomy.com/IMAGES/c2020-M3-ATLAS_10220inv.jpg
LRGB 80 minutes total exposure

S3 Erasmus
http://www.greggsastronomy.com/IMAGES/c2020-S3-Erasmus_LRGB_102220.jpg
inverted crop:
http://www.greggsastronomy.com/IMAGES/c2020-S3-Erasmus_102220inv.jpg
Just south of the comet is the faint planetary nebula, Abell 33
LRGB 68 minutes

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Clear skies,

Gregg
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