Wednesday, July 02, 2008

1,500 Comets and Counting for One Detector

Forgive us for being nieve, but when we heard a single satellite (NASA's SOHO) has discovered 1,500 comets since 1995, as reported by Space.com (via MSNBC), Pound360 was amazed.

One thousand five hundred comets. One satellite. And that's in our solar system alone! We thought there were maybe ten.

Experts believe 85 percent of SOHO's comet finds are the remains of a single, giant comet that disintegrated hundreds of years ago.


(Image courtesy NASA)

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I started pound360 to channel my obsession with vitamins, running and the five senses. Eventually, I got bored focusing on all that stuff, so I came back from a one month hiatus in May of 2007 (one year after launching Pound360) and broadened my mumblings here to include all science.