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The Sungrazer Project

Main Project Information
Goal Discover new comets without a telescope.
Task Search online NASA data for small, faint specks.
Where Global, anywhere on the planet
Description

SOHO is the most successful comet discoverer in history, having found over one thousand eight-hundred comets in over thirteen years of operation! What's even more impressive is that the majority of these comets have been found by amateur astronomers and enthusiasts from all over the world, scouring the images for a likely comet candidate from the comfort of their own home.

Absolutely anyone can join this project -- all you need is an internet connection and plenty of free time!

How to Join

For all the information, check out The "Official Guide" to SOHO Comet Hunting: http://sungrazer.nrl.navy.mil/index.php?p=guide.

The guide is primarily designed to help newcomers find their first SOHO comet. It describes the features visible in the images such as stars, planets and cosmic rays (those that are most often mistaken for comets), as well as the comets themselves. Also included is information on how to report comets, how to check if your report is likely to be real or not, and miscellaneous hints and tips on how and when to look for comets in the images. At the end of the guide there are some example data sets that can be downloaded and used to hunt for previously-discovered Kreutz-group comets.

Website http://sungrazer.nrl.navy.mil/
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Participation Fee $0
Expenses $0
Required Gear

All you need is an Internet connection, suitable software and a good understanding of what SOHO comets look like. Oh, and lots of spare time on your hands!

Check out the FAQ for software requirements: http://sungrazer.nrl.navy.mil/index.php?p=FAQs.

Ideal Age Group College, Graduate students, Adults
Spend the Time indoors
Type of Activity At home
Media Mentions
and Publications
Tags astronomy & space, observation, observations, space
Project Updated 08/07/2016