Talk:Naming of comets

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Naming Comets[edit]

It appears that there are two different systems in play for comet nomenclature. There's the system of formal designation, which the article already explains pretty well. Then there's the system of naming comets, in which a team's name or the surname of the discoverer is appended to the formal designation. This is mentioned as well, but the apparent distinction between the two processes seems to be muddled. Basically all comets receive formal designations, not all comets are necessarily "named", and the assignation of a name depends on the circumstances of the discovery. The current rules for naming comets are here, and ought to be worked into the article, not exhaustively of course. http://www.ss.astro.umd.edu/IAU/csbn/cnames.shtml Geogene (talk) 19:18, 4 December 2013 (UTC)