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How are comets named ?

Comets are named after the observers who spot them first and report to a central agency established by the International Astronomical Union. This agency has the observations confirmed by other observers before assigning the name. If two observers spot them on the same night, it is named after both of them. Most comets are observed by amateur astronomers. Some amateurs have discovered several comets. Shoemaker - Levy 9 was the ninth comet co-discovered by the team of Eugene Shoemaker and David Levy. Only one Indian has a comet named after him. Vainu Bappu discovered a comet in a routine photograph he was examining as a student. This comet was named Bappu - Newkirk - Whipple.

Vainu Bappu
Vainu Bappu

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