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Dec 10

SOHO Spots 2000th Comet

Source: NASA Home


SOHO's 2000th comet, spotted by a Polish amateur astronomer on December 26, 2010.
Image Credit: SOHO/Karl Battams

As people on Earth celebrate the holidays and prepare to ring in the New Year, an ESA/NASA spacecraft has quietly reached its own milestone: on December 26, the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) discovered its 2000th comet.

Drawing on help from citizen scientists around the world, SOHO has become the single greatest comet finder of all time. This is all the more impressive since SOHO was not specifically designed to find comets, but to monitor the sun.(read more)

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