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An Italian astronomer has kept up an amazing spotting streak with his ninth comet in just over a year.
Andrea Boattini, who broke the 150-year-old Italian record for comet spotting with seven last year, said he spotted the new body (C/2009 B1) in the early hours of the night while he was scanning all the Near Earth Objects (NEOs) currently visible.

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The discovery of six comets made 2008 a truly stellar year for Italian astronomer Andrea Boattini.
He spends solitary nights keeping vigil on the heavens at Mount Lemmon Observatory in Arizona - looking for cosmic debris hurtling through the inner Solar System.
Two telescopes in Arizona and one in Australia are conducting the Catalina Sky Survey - part of a Nasa project to find and track near-Earth objects (NEOs).
Six comets in one year is the most found by an Italian astronomer since the mid-19th Century, even if it is not a world record.

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Italian astronomer Andrea Boattini broke the record for the number of new comets sighted in one year when he spotted his seventh at Christmas.
The previous record had been held for some 150 years by Italian astronomers Francesco De Vito and Giovanni Battista Donati who in the mid-1800s sighted six comets in one year.
The new comet has the technical tag C/2008 Y1 but like the others has also been given its discoverer's name.

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