On 5 August 2005, the ESA/NASA SOHO spacecraft achieved an incredible milestone - the discovery of its 1000th comet!
999th and 1000th comets identified in SOHO images
The 1000th comet was a Kreutz-group comet spotted in images from the C3 coronagraph on SOHOs LASCO instrument by Toni Scarmato, from Calabria, Italy. Just five minutes prior to discovering SOHOs 1000th comet, Toni had also spotted SOHOs 999th comet! These comets take Tonis personal number of SOHO discoveries to 15.
Many SOHO comet discoveries have been by amateurs using SOHO images on the internet, and SOHO comet hunters come from all over the world. Toni Scarmato, a high school teacher and astrophysics graduate of the University of Bologna, said: “I am very happy for this special experience that is possible thanks to the SOHO satellite and NASA-ESA collaboration.
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