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SOHO comet 750 seen by LASCO C2
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- Title SOHO comet 750 seen by LASCO C2
- Released 06/04/2004 9:52 am
- Copyright ESA/NASA
On 22 March 2004, the 750th comet seen by SOHO was discovered by the German amateur astronomer Sebastian F. Hönig (one of the most successful SOHO comet-hunters)
Here the comet is seen by SOHO LASCO C2 when somewhat closer to the Sun. The LASCO coronagraph on SOHO, designed for seeing outbursts from the Sun, uses a mask to block the bright rays from the visible surface. It monitors a large volume of surrounding space, and as a result has become the most prolific
discoverer of comets in the history of astronomy.
This comet was part of the Kreutz family, a group of sungrazing comets. This type of comet usually evaporates in the hot solar atmosphere.
The ESA/NASA SOHO mission was launched on 2 December 1995.