The discovery of Comet SWAN by solar-watcher SOHO

Spotting a comet in the all-sky maps from SOHO's instrument SWAN

Currently crossing the skies above Earth, Comet C/2020 F8 (SWAN) has the potential to become a more prominent naked eye object by late May or early June. Yet it wasn’t discovered by someone looking up at the night sky. Instead, the person was looking at a computer screen.

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