Rob Weryk, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy (IfA), first spotted the object in October 19 and submitted his discovery to the Minor Planet
Rob Weryk, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy (IfA), was first to identify the moving object and submit it to the Minor Planet
And such a repeating sequence of events led to the formation of both Earth and Mars, as well as the minor planet
Vesta in the main asteroid belt, according to researchers from the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom.
The minor planet
132904, discovered at Mount Palomar, was named "Notkin" and approved by the Minor Planet
Center in recognition of Geoff's contributions to science and education.
The naming was suggested by the National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and approved by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) Minor Planet
The minor planet
17059 |Elvis was discovered by Australian astronomer John Broughton in 1999 and named after Elvis Presley.
Historically the terms planetoid, minor planet
and asteroid were interchangeable, but as astronomers learn more about the solar system, they've had to adapt their definitions (see also: Pluto).
Slooh will be providing orbital data to the Minor Planet
Center all week in order to improve the asteroid's Uncertainty Parameter, and will highlight its progress throughout the week on Slooh.
If the minor planet
has a moon, it may be seen (or even discovered) during such an occultation.
The researchers say that the water detected most likely came from a minor planet
, at least 90 km in diameter but probably much larger, that once orbited the GD 61 star before it became a white dwarf around 200 million years ago.
28m, f/10 SCT and ST9XE CCD camera, and provided astrometry to the Minor Planet
Center in time for my data to be used along with astrometric positions provided by several other observatories to fine-tune the orbit so that a Minor Planet
Electronic Circular (MPEC) could be issued.
The name has nothing to do with the transatlantic Cunard liner - it follows a code used for newly-discovered asteroids by the US Minor Planet
Centre in Cambridge, Massachusetts.