Two days later the Ananda Bazar Patrika came out with the news:
Calcutta Man Discovers New Comet
(From our special correspondent)
Shri Manoj Dutta, a resident on the northern outskirts of Calcutta has claimed to have discovered a new comet. He has seen the comet on the last two nights and has informed the Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA) at Bangalore of its whereabouts. The IIA runs a 90-inch telescope, the biggest in Asia, at Kavalur. If it confirms Dutta’s finding it will be the high point in his lifelong career as amateur astronomer. Duttada, as he is affectionately called by his friends and admirers, estimates that the comet would be clearly visible to the naked eye in the next few months. He gives all credit for his discovery to his eight-inch telescope which he calls Dibya.
After two days, the news was published in the Ananda Bazar Patrika (an Indian Bengali-language daily newspaper) with the headline "Calcutta Man Discovers New Comet." And the news was that Shri Manoj Dutta, who lived on the outskirts of Calcutta, had discovered a new comet. For the past two days, he had been observing the comet and had informed the IIA (Indian Institute of Astrophysics) in Bangalore. Then, at Kavalur, IIA verified it with their \(90\)-inch telescope, which is the largest on the Asian Continent. The Indian Institute of Astrophysics owns and runs the Vainu Bappu Observatory (Kavalur Observatory), which is an astronomical observatory. It is located near Kavalur, Vaniyambadi in the Tirupattur district of Tamil Nadu, in the Javadi Hills. It's located \(200\) kilometres south of Chennai and \(175\) kilometres south of Bangalore.
If Duttada's finding was verified, it would be seen as a pivotal point in his career as an amateur scientist. Duttada also predicted that this comet would be visible to the human eye in the coming months. Last but not least, he dedicated his proud achievement to his beloved 'Dibya,' his eight-inch telescope.
National Council of Educational Research and Training (2008). The Comet I - Jayant Narlikar (pp. 73-80). Published at the Publication Division by the Secretary, National Council of Educational Research and Training, Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi.