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Centaur
2018-Feb-03, 07:00 PM
The long period Comet C/2017 T1 (Heinze) passed 0.2223 AU from Earth on 2018 JAN 04. It is currently at magnitude +9.8, with maximum brilliance of about +9.4 expected around FEB 17. Perihelion will come on FEB 21 at 0.5807 AU from the Sun. That may be close enough to cause the comet to disintegrate.

Iíve created two preview graphics and an ephemeris which can be viewed on my Comets webpage: www.CurtRenz.com/comets.html

Photos and descriptions of the comet would be welcome additions to this thread.