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Emily LakdawallaFebruary 8, 2010

WISE has found its first comet, P/2010 B2 (WISE)

Having discovered its first asteroid on January 12, Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) has now officially discovered its first comet, P/2010 B2 (WISE). The comet was first observed by WISE on January 22, and has since been followed up on by Mauna Kea, Spacewatch, and by Robert Holmes, a two-time winner of a Planetary Society Shoemaker NEO Grant.

Here's the Minor Planet Electronic Circular officially naming P/2010 B2 (WISE). Congratulations to all involved!

Read more: Planetary Society Projects, comets, WISE and NEOWISE, events and announcements, Shoemaker NEO Grants

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