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originally posted by: ManyMasks
Comet Atlas could become brighter than Sirius in the night sky for the northern hemisphere as it approaches the Sun. The comet is baffling observers because of how it has been acting....
ATLAS easily visible in a small telescope or a pair of good binoculars, although quite frankly nothing really to write home about.
Except, since its discovery, the comet has been brightening at an almost unprecedented speed. As of March 17, ATLAS was already magnitude +8.5, over 600 times brighter than forecast.
John Bortle, who has observed hundreds of comets and is a well-known expert in the field, got his first look at Comet ATLAS through 15 x 70 binoculars on Sunday night (March 15). And he's stumped, he wrote. "For the first time in many years I am left at a bit of a loss as to what honestly worthy advice I can offer would-be observers. I really don't know quite what to make of this object."
Now I love a good doomsday conspiracy as much as the next guy but current events are getting a bit to close to the mark, we have plague and a great fire in the sky coming, how many prophecies match up to these times? Any nostradamus quatrains looking eerily prophetic to the present?
Let us know.