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  Comet: Astronomy: Comet - Discovered-WHAT IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE DISCOVERED
Posted on Monday, November 29 @ 03:06:28 CST by astronomy


  1. Check to see whether the object has a tail.
  2. Move the object around the field of view to make sure that it is not a reflection in your eyepiece from a nearby planet or bright star.
  3. If the object is faint, use high power to verify that the object is not a faint star, or group of stars, that might have appeared diffuse at low power.
  4. Check to see if the object is marked in a star atlas or catalog.
  5. Draw a simple sketch, showing the object's position in relation to nearby field stars.
  6. Look at it a half hour later to see whether it has moved.
  7. Make sure that your object is not one of the known comets in the sky. The positions of the brighter comets are published in major astronomy magazines and other sources.
  8. Have your sighting confirmed by an experienced observer. Tell that person the position, suspected nature, and direction of motion of the object you have found.
  9. If you still think that you have discovered a new comet, it is now time to notify the Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
  10. If you have actually found a new comet, it may well be named after you.



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