william bradfield

“There are those whose lives affect all others around them.  Quietly touching one heart, who in turn, touches another.  Reaching out to ends further than they would ever know.”  

~ William Bradfield

moth: Comet and solar corona, photographed by SOHO, April 2004.

Comet Bradfield (C/2004 F4) at and just after perihelion. This animation uses 23 images taken 17th-19th April, about one every two hours. At its closest, the comet was about 25 million km from the sun (16% of the Earth-Sun distance).

C/2004 F4 was discovered by William Bradfield, amateur astronomer and prolific comet hunter: The most prolific comet hunter of all was Jean-Louis Pons (1761-1831) with 37; the second William Robert Brooks (1844-1921) with 26; Bradfield has discovered 18.

The most prolific comet detecting instrument, incidentally, is SOHO, with more than 2,500 discoveries.  

Image credit: NASA/ESA/GSFC. Animation: AgeOfDestruction.