By bnitz on Jan 16, 2008
Congratulations to the students at Prairie High School in my home town of Racine Wisconsin for discovering an asteroid and having the opportunity giving their newly discovered asteroid "2008 AZ28" a nicer name. As far as I know, this is the first time an asteroid was discovered as part of a high school science project. Yeah I know, the photo above is of a comet. I took that photo of comet Hale-Bopp over a Racine county farm a few years back. Asteroids aren't quite as photogenic amidst the light pollution of the Chicago->Milwaukee sprawlopolis. Anyway, I suspect an asteroid is just a comet that's out of ice and out of gas.