Breaking Up

7 Apr 2020

At https://spaceweather.com (April 7th 2020) we learn that Comet Atlas may be breaking up - before it gets anywhere near the Sun. New data from astronomers around the world show that it is now dimming - a fading transient. Another dud it would seem. It is also thought to be a fragment of a much larger comet - possibly related to the Great Comet of 1844. We shall have to wait and see if there is another outburst. Another problem is the quiet Sun. No mass ejections of plasma. There was a sun spot of the new cycle the other day but it was a bit of a squib - didn't amount to much.