SOHO Finds Its 2000th Comet

Image Left: SOHO’s 2000th comet, spotted by a Polish amateur astronomer on December 26, 2010. Credit: SOHO/Karl Battams. Image Right: In 15 years since it launched in December 1995, the SOHO spacecraft, has doubled the number of comets sighted in the three hundred years previously. Credit: NASA/ESA/Alex Lutkus

>From a NASA Press Release:

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 the rest of SOHO Finds Its 2000th Comet (650 words)

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