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WARRENSBURG, Mo. (AP) - A 35-year-old Warrensburg man made a heavenly discovery last week that earns him a permanent place in astronomy lore.

Fred Bruenjes discovered a new comet last week. The longtime astronomy buff says he discovered the comet while watching a computer screen Friday. After an anxious day of waiting to be sure it wasn’t space junk, he saw it again.

The International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Center in Massachusetts verified the comet, putting the Bruenjes comet at the top of its current list of finds.

Bruenjes says discovering a comet has been a goal since he saw Haley’s Comet when he was 10 years old.

The Kansas City Star reports that a half dozen or so comets are discovered every year, usually by professional astronomers at government-funded observatories.

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