By Chris Ciaccia
Published March 26, 2020
A photographer in the U.K. has captured a remarkable image of comet C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS) as it speeds toward Earth.
Jamie Cooper took the picture of the comet in Lincolnshire, England, British news agency SWNS reported. It was first spotted on Dec. 28, 2019, according to EarthSky.org, by astronomers using the ATLAS (Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System) in Hawaii.
Cooper, who photographs the natural world, said that he was lucky enough to get a picture of the comet using his telescope.
"I managed to photograph the comet approaching on Sunday evening through a small telescope," Cooper told the news outlet.
"The comet has a similar orbit to the Great Comet of 1844, leading to speculation on whether C/2019 Y4 is a fragment of the same parent body," he added.
Despite its coincidental name and discovery date, the comet has nothing to do with the coronavirus pandemic that results in the COVID-19 disease sweeping the globe.