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"Levenhuk": Russian scientist discovered one of the brightest comets of the first half of the 21st century

08.13.2013

Artyom Novichonok, the Russian astronomer and one of the discoverers of the C/2012 S1 (ISON) comet, gave an exclusive interview to the world's largest astronomy magazine Astronomy. The interview was organized by Levenhuk.

In 2012 Russian astronomer Artyom Novichonok, in association with his Belarusian colleague Vitaly Nevsky managed to find a comet, which is expected by scientists to become one of the brightest comets of the first half of the 21st century. Currently, the coment's discoverers keep the "starry" object under surveillance from the observatory in the Republic of Karelia. By the end of summer 2013 ISON is expected to be available for observations with 102-mm aperture telescopes, and in November the comet will become visible to the naked eye.

In the interview with Astronomy.com, which was arranged by Levenhuk, Artyom Novichonok tells readers about his devotion to astronomy, which appeared in early childhood and subsequently brought world-wide fame to the Russian scientist. In 2011 the young astronomer was presented with the prestigious Edgar Wilson Award by Cambridge University for discovery of the P/2011 R3 (Novichonok-Gerke) comet, a discovery that was made in September of 2011 in association with Vladimir Gerke.

You can find the full interview at the Astronomy magazine web site by following this link: http://cs.astronomy.com/asy/b/astronomy/archive/2013/08/02/an-interview-with-comet-ison-39-s-co-discoverer.aspx


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