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Superluminal
2010-Jun-30, 06:57 AM
I check the Harvard web site on recent comet discoveries on an almost daily basis. There hasn't been a new comet posted since comet Scotti. Are comet discoveries just really slow these days, or are they not updating that sight anymore?

Hungry4info
2010-Jun-30, 07:42 AM
We found them all :3

Nereid
2010-Jun-30, 08:51 AM
I check the Harvard web site on recent comet discoveries on an almost daily basis. There hasn't been a new comet posted since comet Scotti. Are comet discoveries just really slow these days, or are they not updating that sight anymore?(bold added)

Can you post a link?

I think there are plenty of Sun-grazing comets discovered, and quite frequently too. There's a Zooniverse (http://www.zooniverse.org/home) project - Solar Storm Watch (http://solarstormwatch.com/) - you can join, and maybe discover new comets yourself!

01101001
2010-Jun-30, 01:27 PM
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA): IAU Headlines (http://www.cfa.harvard.edu/iau/Headlines.html)


Comets
[...]
* Recent comet discoveries and recoveries:
o Note that near-sun comets observed only from space are generally excluded from this listing.
o C/2010 J4 (WISE). Discovered via the orbiting WISE satellite. IAUC 9147, 2010 May 13.
o C/2010 J3 (McMillan). Discovered in the course of the Spacewatch survey by Bob McMillan. IAUC 9146, 2010 May 13
o C/2010 J2 (McNaught). Discovery by Rob McNaught at Siding Spring. IAUC 9145, 2010 May 9.
o P/2010 H5 (Scotti). Discovered in the course of the Spacewatch survey by Jim Scotti. IAUC 9144, 2010 May 8.
o C/2010 J1 (Boattini). Discovered in the course of the Catalina Sky Survey by Andrea Boattini. IAUC 9143, 2010 May 7.

Is a 6-week lag normal? I don't know how new this news is.

Romanus
2010-Jun-30, 10:46 PM
Post 2 FTW. :D

Laughs aside, I'm a bit surprised by P/2010 H5 etc.; I thought almost all comet finds these days were non-periodic.

StupendousMan
2010-Jul-01, 02:08 PM
There have been plenty of comets discovered since May 13. For example, IAUC 9155 mentions
Comet C/2010 L5 (WISE), another wise discovery, announced on June 23.

I guess that the staff at the CfA is just very busy right now.

Superluminal
2010-Jul-02, 05:17 AM
Thanks for those links. I guess I've just gotten lazy, could have done a net search, but why bother when I have all these brilliant minds under my spell at BAUT.