Latest:-Thursday 2nd April 2020
C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS) is currently the brightest comet of 2020 and can be found in the constellation of Camelopardalis with binoculars or a telescope. It is expected that the comet will continue to brighten, and it is possible the comet may be visible to the naked eye sometime in April or May 2020. It will reach its nearest point to Earth on May 23rd and come to perihelion, closest to the Sun, on May 31st.
Comet Atlas was discovered on CCD images taken on December 28, 2019, with a 0.5-m (20 in) reflecting telescope atop Mauna Loa in Hawaii. The images were taken as part of the Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System (ATLAS). At the time of its discovery, the comet shone at magnitude 19.6 in the constellation Ursa Major as viewed from Earth.
I think that the time of discovery of the comet was 14.19 UT(GMT)on Dec 28th 2019. (Time of Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams Hoffman Lab 209 Harvard University). Mars in Scorpio had just risen at Mauna Loa at that moment. The comet had ecliptic coordinates of 13 Virgo at that time. What I think is the discovery chart is below.
During January to March 2020, the comet was located in the constellation of Ursa Major. Throughout the month of April, the comet will be visible in the constellation of Camelopardalis. On May 12 it will move into Perseus. It will be at its closest point to Earth on May 23 during a New Moon when the comet will be 17 degrees from the Sun. At its periheleon on May 31, it will be in the Taurus constellation 12 degrees from the Sun. Today the comet is in mid tropical mid Cancer.
Atlas was discovered the day after an Annular Solar Eclipse and just 3 days before chinese Health officials informed the WHO about a cluster of 41 patients with a mysterious pneumonia, most of whom were connected to Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market. Because of the timing of the discovery of Atlas, and the accompanying Saturn Pluto conjunction and Capricornian stellium, this comet is certainly the 'Covid 19 Comet'. The MC of the chart, often taken as 'the outcome' in event charts, is strongly favorable. The young Moon in Aquarius was in long conjunction to Venus, this comet and this virus certainly draw people around the planet to a shared experience.
Anyway this (GMT) day starts with the first quarter Moon in Cancer opposing Jupiter and Pluto, full blown emotion.
00.33 The Sun at 13 Aries waxing quintile Saturn at 1 Aquarius
08.50 The Moon at 25 Cancer opposition Jupiter at 25 Capricorn
09.21 The Moon at 25 Cancer opposition Pluto at 25 Capricorn
16.50 The Moon at 29 Cancer waxing sextile Venus at 29 Taurus.
The Moon is void of course for 1.5 hours.
18.28 The Moon then enters Leo
A Fixed T square is manifest involving the Moon, Saturn, Mars and Uranus 19:00 today to 04:00 tomorrow. A hard case.
19.50 The Moon at 1 Leo opposition Saturn at 1 Aquarius
22.14 The Moon at 2 Leo opposition Mars at 2 Aquarius.
Mercury applies to Neptune and Jupiter applies to Pluto, a cruel mixture of otherworldliness and inflated destiny.