How Do Amateur Astronomers Uncover Comets?

January 24, 2015 6:00 PM

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Australian IT specialist Terry Lovejoy moonlights as an amateur astronomer with 5 comet discoveries beneath his belt. His most up-to-date discover, Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy), is at present approaching the sun, generating it visible for the next handful of...

Lovejoy found his initial comet in 2007. His third discovery, made in 2011, was distinctive for the reason that it was what is known as a Kreutz sungrazer&mdasha comet that actually grazes the atmosphere of the sun. That object, named Comet C/2011 W3, flew through the sun&rsquos corona, passing with...

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