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March 3, 2020 – ALPO Comet News for March 2020

2020 was not predicted to be an exciting year for comets. Luckily some recent discoveries are making this a more interesting year. March will definitely see two comets brighter than 10th magnitude [C/2017 T2 (PANSTARRS) and C/2019 Y1 (ATLAS)] and possibly a third [C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS)]. All three are only visible from the northern hemisphere. This report also presents a number of fainter comets. While still faint in March, some of these may become bright enough for visual observers later in the year.

The monthly ALPO Comet News PDF can be foundĀ here. A shorter version of this report is posted on a dedicated Cloudy Nights forum ( All are encouraged to join the discussion over at Cloudy Nights.

- Carl Hergenrother

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