New comet named after astronomers

Two astronomers, one in Canada and the other in China, learned Saturday that a comet they discovered has been named after them.

The two scientists live on opposite sides of the world, but each spotted the cosmic fireball independently last June.

Dave Balam of Victoria, B.C., and Jin Zhu of Beijing first thought they had seen an asteroid.

On Friday, astronomers confirmed it as a comet and gave it a name. The Balam-Zhu comet is halfway between Earth and Jupiter.