Solar System Chatter

Comet Hunting Record

The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, or SOHO, is on track in September to discover its 3,000th comet, more than any other observatory in history. (That’s Comet ISON zipping around the sun, right). Most have been spotted by amateur astronomers through the Sungrazer Project, run by the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, which offers tips on how to find the comets.

Heather Goss is the Departments Editor at Air & Space.

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