Comet Discovered at SkyCenter!

The first comet discovered by observers using the Schulman Telescope.

Dedicated only six months ago as the nation’s largest instrument of its kind devoted to public outreach and citizen science, the 32-inch Schulman Telescope at the Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter has shown that it can do more than offer awe-inspiring glimpses into the universe.

“We originally scheduled our observations for Saturday (Oct. 14), but the SkyCenter telescope was used for local operations by visiting astronomers. Therefore, I had to move the jobs to Sunday. If the Schulman Telescope had been running for SSON on Saturday, the comet most likely would have been outside the field of view and I wouldn’t have found it.” (Credit: Daniel Stolte, University Communications)

In this sequence assembled from three discovery images taken about 30 minutes apart, the comet can be seen as a black speck moving toward the lower right near the center of the image and a faint tail can be seen moving along with the comet on its right side. Similar to a photo negative, black and white have been inverted in the image to make objects easier to spot. (Credit: Tomas Vorobjov)
In this sequence assembled from three discovery images taken about 30 minutes apart, the comet can be seen as a black speck moving toward the lower right near the center of the image and a faint tail can be seen moving along with the comet on its right side. Similar to a photo negative, black and white have been inverted in the image to make objects easier to spot. (Credit: Tomas Vorobjov)
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