(INTELLIHUB) — NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory data has been updated following the fragmenting of Comet C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS) into five large chunks revealing that ATLAS’ main-body may strike the sun after being pulled into its giant plasmasphere by its immense gravitational field when ATLAS reaches its perihelion on the night of May 30 into the morning of the 31st.
Shockingly, the updated q data, a.k.a. perihelion data shows the comet’s main fragment will pass the sun at a distance of only 234 actual miles or in astronomical terms 2.5267e-06 au which should essentially be considered a direct strike. However, I’m no expert and will be researching this matter further.
A quick conversion confirms the worst possible scenario…
The main-body will reach its closet point to the sun on the evening of May 30 and into the wee hours of the morning on May 31 Eastern Standard Time.
Screenshot via SavyTime.com:
From JPL Small-Body Database:
A big hat tip to The Real BPEarthWatch YouTube channel for breaking this extremely important information in the following video posted to YouTube on Saturday.
The video’s creator makes clear that although NASA has not yet updated the orbital data for C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS) the agency instead has released an update of the q data which shows a 234-mile perihelion.
“What’s critical here is that I think that the diagrams have not changed but the data coming in has,” the narrator of the video explained. “So instead of this 0.261 au that we are seeing on May the 31st… I’m going to show you some numbers that are very interesting to me.”
“If you are not familiar with how astronomical units are measured it can deceive you,” he said. “It says 2.5267e-06 au and guys that is extremely close–that is scary close and I’m going to call it now–that the main body of this will hit the sun…”
C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS) Orbital Elements Data:
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Will the impact cause a major Coronial Mass Ejection?