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Carnegie: Supernova-Hunting Team Finds Comet

Post by bystander » Tue Aug 01, 2017 4:01 pm

Supernova-Hunting Team Finds Comet with Aid of Amateur Astronomer
Carnegie Institution for Science | 2017 Jul 28

Carnegie’s Benjamin Shappee is part of a team of scientists, including an Australian amateur astronomer, which discovered a new comet last week.

Called the All Sky Automated Survey for Supernovae (ASAS-SN), the international collaboration, which is headquartered at the Ohio State University, uses a network of eight 14-centimeter telescopes around the world to scan the visible sky every two or three nights looking for very bright supernovae.

But this time out they found something else—a comet. ...

Caption: An image from the Magellan 6.5m telescope of the comet discovered by the All Sky Automated Survey for Supernovae (ASAS-SN) team, which they have named ASASSN1. Image is courtesy of Juna Kollmeier, Nidia Morrell, and Benjamin Shappee.
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