Just a month ago, it seemed that this comet, officially named C / 2019 Y4 Atlas, was going to surprise us with a dazzling spectacle in the sky at the moment of its closest approach to the Sun, or perihelion, which would take place on May 31. The show would be assured… if everything went as planned.
But we must not forget that comets have a somewhat unpredictable behaviour and, on this occasion, and as much as it pains us astronomy fans, comet ATLAS has broken into pieces, leaving us without the desired vision.
The images bear witness to this. The comet is practically extinct because it has broken into at least four large fragments and many smaller ones, after the disintegration of its nucleus.