Every once in a while, there's a nugget of gold in a lot of dust. While we are primarily interested in finding image artifacts, it would be stupid to let out on the opportunity of spotting a nice star cluster, an asteroid, or a group of interacting galaxies ...
Here we highlight these awesome objects, all found by our users. To report them, use the selector in the viewer, describe what you see, and click on the object in the image. That's all you have to do to get entry to the Hall of Fame.

Comet C/2010 R1

This comet was spotted by beckermr in the r-band exposure DECam_00181220 of the VVDS 14hr field. Based on its coordinates in six exposures (from u to Y bands)

ImageDate_obs [UTC]Coordinates
1812082013-02-23 07:37:26
1812142013-02-23 07:55:24
1812202013-02-23 08:13:24
1812262013-02-23 08:31:29
1812322013-02-23 08:49:24
1812382013-02-23 09:07:22
we could determine that it is already known under the name C/2010 R1. At the time of observation, it was 5.98 AU away from Earth. On its hyperbolic orbit, its closest approach brings it within 4.69 AU, before it will eventually leave the solar system.

First reported by: beckermr on 2013-10-07 17:48:40

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Yes! Digging up the original images for coordinates or to assemble a multi-color image does take its time. But well-vetted, these objects show better than anything else the capabilites of DES of covering a lot of area to as of yet unreached depths. In other words, the collection of these objects is a great source for public outreach and the title slides of our upcoming DES presentations. And potentially, you might be able to discover something really new out there.

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