Sun  ID: 13622

Counting Comets

The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, a joint mission between the European Space Agency and NASA, was not designed to find comets — its original goal was to study the Sun from its deep core to the outer layers of its atmosphere. But nearly 25 years since its launch, data from this space-based solar observatory has led to the discovery of well over half of all known comets — upwards of 3,950 new comets found. The huge number of SOHO-discovered comets comes thanks to a combination of well-designed instruments, a long lifespan, the hard work of citizen scientists and a little bit of luck.
 

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Credits

Karl Battams (Naval Research Laboratory): Lead Scientist
Genna Duberstein (ADNET): Lead Producer
Genna Duberstein (ADNET): Animator
Scott Wiessinger (USRA): Narrator
Genna Duberstein (ADNET): Writer
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NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

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Mission:
SOHO

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Narrated Movies

Keywords:
SVS >> Comet
SVS >> HDTV
SVS >> SOHO
NASA Science >> Sun
SVS >> Kreutz Path
SVS >> Sungrazing Comets