Support The Moscow Times!

Now is the time to support independent reporting from Russia!

Contribute Today

Russian Astronomer Discovers Comet

Russian astronomer Leonid Yelenin has discovered his third comet, Gazeta.ru reported Monday.

News of the comet was published on the website of the Minor Planet Center, which is part of the International Astronomical Union. The comet is currently located at a distance of about 0.877 astronomical units from Earth, and about 1.837 astronomical units from the sun. One astronomical unit is the average distance from Earth to the sun, about 149,600,000 kilometers.  

The comet's orbit indicates that it will probably not get any closer to Earth, the report said. Yelenin gained fame in 2010 after becoming the first Russian to discover a comet in 20 years.

Read more

Russia media is under attack.

At least 10 independent media outlets have been blocked or closed down over their coverage of the war in Ukraine.

The Moscow Times needs your help more than ever as we cover this devastating invasion and its sweeping impacts on Russian society.