n MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa - First South African comet discovery in 35 years : news note

Volume 74, Issue 3_4
  • ISSN : 0024-8266



In the early hours of the 7th April, an unmanned robotic telescope, MASTER-SAAO, situated near Sutherland in the Karoo, discovered a new comet (see front cover of this issue) . This is the first comet to be discovered in South Africa since 1978. The Russian - South African run telescope has been scanning the southern skies since it began operating in late December 2014, looking for "transients" - new objects which appear in the sky for the first time. Since then, over 60 new objects have been discovered, most of them being erupting or exploding stars. Now the MASTER-SAAO telescope has just discovered its first comet.

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