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Why ESA and NASA's SOHO Spacecraft Spots So Many Comets

19 May 2020, 14:00 UTC
Why ESA and NASA's SOHO Spacecraft Spots So Many Comets SOHO (ESA & NASA)

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 building new observatories can thankfully bring in discoveries that are entirely unexpected. 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.

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