Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Comet King

Hey Space Placers!

For centuries comets - those cosmic snowballs left over from the formation of the solar system - were hunted and found by dedicated amateur astronomers using telescopes with an occasional photographic find.

Want to know who has found the most comets in history? The answer is not a human hunter, but a spacecraft that monitors the Sun!

NASA/ESA's Solar and Heliospherical Observatory - SOHO for short - discovered its 2000th comet on December 26th. Citizens monitoring SOHO via the Internet have searched images from the Sun watching spacecraft to find many of these sun grazing comets.

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Maybe you can find one!

Sky Guy in VA

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