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Fraser
2005-Aug-23, 07:10 PM
SUMMARY: The most successful comet hunter in history is actually the ESA/NASA SOHO spacecraft, which spends its time gazing at the Sun. Since many comets streak past the Sun all the time, they often get caught in SOHO's cameras. Toni Scarmato from Calabria, Italy discovered both SOHO's 999th comet, and then 5 minutes later he discovered its 1,000th as well. Almost all the discoveries have been made using SOHO's LASCO instrument, which images the Sun's large corona.

View full article (http://www.universetoday.com/am/publish/soho_hunter_discovers_1000th_comet.html)

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cran
2005-Aug-25, 04:25 PM
Onya, SOHO! :D
Many happy returns! :lol:

antoniseb
2005-Aug-26, 09:55 PM
I wonder how many comets SOHO will be finding after Gaia is in operation. That mission could find a million asteroids and comets before it is done. There shouldn't be too many left for SOHO.

cran
2005-Aug-26, 10:59 PM
I thought SOHO's main reason for being was to study our sun, and that the comets were bonuses... :unsure:

antoniseb
2005-Aug-26, 11:07 PM
Originally posted by cran@Aug 26 2005, 10:59 PM
I thought SOHO's main reason for being was to study our sun, and that the comets were bonuses... :unsure:
Gaia's main reason os to get good parallax and proper motion data for a billion stars, and the asteroids and comtes are just a bonus. Same deal.

cran
2005-Aug-26, 11:42 PM
Go Team! :D