Disintegrating comet was seen by ancient civilisations

A modern comet’s demise hints at spectacular show 5,000 years ago.

Two photos of comet fragments
This pair of Hubble Space Telescope images of comet C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS), taken on April 20 and April 23, 2020, reveal the breakup of the solid nucleus of the comet. Hubble photos identify as many as 30 separate fragments. The comet was approximately 91 million miles from Earth when the images were taken. The comet has been artificially colored in this view to enhance details for analysis. Credits: Science: NASA, ESA, Quanzhi Ye (UMD); Image Processing: Alyssa Pagan (STScI)