Comet Hunting

There are countless comets out in distant orbits around the Sun. Every so often one swings inwards towards the sun and can put on breath-taking displays in the night sky.

Many  have been detected and their precise orbits have been calculated. You can observe these by ‘simply’ pointing your Telescope or Binoculars to its calculated position.

In this project we use your camera and telescope to attempt to detect a comet without knowing its position by taking systematic images of portions of the night sky and analysing the images to detect moving objects. Once we have detected something we will compare its position with known objects to see what we have found. If its position does not correspond to a known object, we might just have spotted a new comet.

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