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New Style Name ¹
Proper Name ¹
Old-Style Name ¹
Discovery Name ¹
Discovery
Date
Canadian (co-)
Discoverer
Notes Method ²
C/1974 V1
van den Bergh
1974 XII
1974g
1974-11-11 Sidney van den Bergh 1st Canadian P
C/1978 H1
Meier
1978 XXI
1978f
1978-04-27 Rolf Meier 1st of 4 comets.
1st from Canada.
V
C/1979 S1
Meier
1979 IX
1979i
1979-09-20 Rolf Meier 2 V
C/1980 V1
Meier
1980 XII
1980q
1980-11-06 Rolf Meier 3 V
C/1984 S1
Meier
1984 XX
1984o
1984-09-17 Rolf Meier 4 V
C/1984 V1 
Levy-Rudenko 
1984 XXIII
1984t
1984-11-14 David Levy 1st of 21 comets. V
C/1986 P1
Wilson
1987 VII
1986l
1986-08-05 Christine Wilson   P
C/1987 A1
Levy
1986 XVII
1987a
1987-01-05 David Levy 2 V
C/1987 T1
Levy
1987 XXI
1987y
1987-10-11 David Levy 3 V
C/1988 F1
Levy
1987 XXX
1988e
1988-03-19 David Levy 4 V
C/1989 Q1
Okazaki-Levy-Rudenko
1989 XIX
1989r
1989-08-25 (David Levy) 5 V
C/1989 Y1
Skorichenko-George
1990 VI
1989e1
1989-12-18 Doug George 5th from Canada V
C/1990 K1
Levy
1990 XX
1990c
1990-05-20 David Levy 6 V
137P/1990 UL3
Shoemaker-Levy 2
1990 XVI
1990p
1990-10-? (David Levy) 7 P
P/1990 VI
Shoemaker-Levy 1
1990 XV
1990o
1990-11-15 (David Levy) 8 P
C/1991 B1
Shoemaker-Levy
1991 XXIV
1991d
1991-01-22 (David Levy) 9 P
129P/1991 C1
Shoemaker-Levy 3
1990 XXVII
1991e
1991-02-07 (David Levy) 10 P
118P/1991 C2
Shoemaker-Levy 4
1990 XII
1991f
1991-02-09 (David Levy) 11 P
P/1991 L3
Levy
1991XI
1991q
1991-06-14 David Levy 12 V
P/1991 T1
Shoemaker-Levy 5
1991 XXII
1991z
1991-10-02 (David Levy) 13 P
C/1991 T2
Shoemaker-Levy
1992 XIX
1991a1
1991-10-06 (David Levy) 14 P
P/1991 V1
Shoemaker-Levy 6
1991 XVIII
1991b1
1991-11-07 (David Levy) 15 P
138P/1991 V2
Shoemaker-Levy 7
1991 XIX
1991d1
1991-11-13 (David Levy) 16 P
135P/1992 G2
Shoemaker-Levy 8
1992 XV
1992f
1992-04-05 (David Levy) 17 P
D/1993 F2
Shoemaker-Levy 9
1994 X
1993e
1993-03-24 (David Levy) 18
"String of Pearls"
P
C/1993 K1
Shoemaker-Levy
1994 IV
1993h
1993-05-23 (David Levy) 19 P
C/1994 E2
Shoemaker-Levy
1994 XIV
1994d
1994-03-14 (David Levy) 20 P
C/1994 G1
Takamizawa-Levy
1994 XIII
1994f
1994-04-15 (David Levy) 21 V
P/1995 A1
Jedicke
  1995-01-08 Robert Jedicke 1st  of 2 comets.
1st "new style" name
CCD
P/1996 A1
Jedicke (photo)
  1996-01-19 Robert Jedicke and Victoria Jedicke 2 CCD
C/1997 L1
Zhu-Balam
  1997-06-03 (David Balam) 6th from Canada CCD
C/2001 Q2
Petriew
(web page) 2001-08-18 Vance Avery Petriew 7th from Canada V
P/2002 BV
Yeung
  2002-01-21 William Kwong Yu Yeung (photo)   CCD
C/2006 T1
Levy
  2006-10-02 David Levy 1st in 12 years! V/CCD
C/2008 T2
Cardinal
  2008-10-01 Robert Cardinal (photo) 8th from Canada CCD

¹ For more information on comet naming conventions, go to http://cfa-www.harvard.edu/iau/lists/CometLists.html

² V = visual , P =  photographic emulsion, CCD = discovery using charge-coupled device.

Other Canadian Comet Connections

  • Mike Boschat has reported over 50 comets observed in SOHO images, and was awarded the RASC's Ken Chilton prize for his accomplishments.
  • Art Fraser independently found Comet Kobayashi-Berger-Milon (1975h), before word arrived in Ottawa of the comet's discovery a week earlier. (Remember the days of snail-mail?)
  • Lillia Wilcox also found Comet Kobayashi-Berger-Milon (1975h). (?) (I need help with this story!)
  • Thanks to Gary W. Kronk for offering some tales of Canadian almost-discoveries.
  • Christopher Spratt independently discovered Comet Takamizawa (1994i) on May 8th, 1994.

Does anyone know of any others? Please contact David Chapman.

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