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The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, a joint mission between ESA (the European Space Agency) and NASA, was not designed to find comets — its original goal was to study the Sun from its deep core to the outer layers of its atmosphere. But nearly 25 years since its launch, data from this space-based solar observatory has led to the discovery of well over half of all known comets — upwards of 3,950 new comets found. The huge number of SOHO-discovered comets comes thanks to a combination of well-designed instruments, a long lifespan, the hard work of citizen scientists and a little bit of luck.

Read more: https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2020/why-esa-and-nasas-soho-spacecraft-spots-so-many-comets

Music credit: Birds in The Rain by Robert Guerrier

Video credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
Karl Battams (Naval Research Laboratory): Lead Scientist
Genna Duberstein (ADNET): Lead Producer
Genna Duberstein (ADNET): Animator
Scott Wiessinger (USRA): Narrator
Genna Duberstein (ADNET): Writer

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