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In my tireless quest to go ever further afield from the core mission of Gearlog… I use this post to congratulate our own Tony Hoffman, staff editor at PC Magazine, for having an asteroid named after himself! Click on this NASA link for details. And here’s a link that shows Asteroid 112900 Tonyhoffman’s current position in the night sky.

Unbeknownst to many of his coworkers, Tony has long had a passion for astronomy: He’s a director of the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York and has found over 70 “sungrazing” comets. Tony does all his discovery work online, poring through images generated by the SOHO (Solar & Heliospheric Observatory) spaceborne observatory, a joint project of NASA and the ESA (European Space Agency).

Tony’s also written about heavenly bodies; an article he wrote for “Sky and Telescope” magazine won an award from the American Astronomical Society’s Solar Physics Division for popular writing. For these achievements, comet and asteroid hunter Rob Matson, who found this particular asteroid, honored him by naming it for him.

Have you ever longed to be a space discoverer? Tony told me, “It’s a free-for-all: Anyone with a computer can access the SOHO images.” In fact, nearly 1,200 comets have been discovered by amateur astronomers using home computers. It’s very competitive, though, and requires a great deal of patience; Tony’s first find took 7 months. And the thrill of discovery may be short-lived, as many of these finds are vaporized by the sun within a day or two of discovery. But perservere, as Tony did, and someday maybe you too can place your moniker on some outer-space real estate. is a gadgets review with pictures, graphics, photos, images, video recordings, etc. blog with users’ comments. The stuffs are uploaded by visitors or webmaster. All of the content on this blog (including pics, graphics, photographs, images, video recordings, etcetera.) is covered under Canadian, US and international copyright and trademark laws. The info contained in this web site is for general information purposes only. These pics, graphics, photos, images, videos, and such. have been collected from different public sources including various sites (blogs, etc.), considering to be in public domain. Certain other content, pictures, graphics, photos, images, videos, etcetera. displayed on are protected by copyright and are the property of their respective owners. retains no copyright to pics, graphics, photos, images, videos, and so on on this site. has no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the blog or the informations. If you find any content, pictures, graphics, photographs, images, video recordings, and so on that you consider shouldn’t be here, send us a removal tip.

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