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30 December 2018, 1256UT
11" SCT f/6.4 and STF-8300M CCD Camera
Comet C/2018 Y1 (Iwamoto) was about magnitude 13 and 151 million miles from Earth in this image. Updated ephemeris now shows the comet will pass about 28 million miles from Earth on February 12 when it may reach magnitude 8, the comet will be moving at 0.3 degrees per hour across Earth's sky at close approach to Earth. The comet will reach perihelion in it's orbit on February 6 when it will be 119 million miles from the Sun.