Indian students who now have minor planets
named after them had won awards in the Intel competition last year.
Professor Francis Richard Stephenson, 63, of Fenham, Newcastle, has spent his life studying cosmic phenomena and has now been honoured by having a minor planet
named after him.
So I gave the names to the minor planets
to encourage Mr.
If the minor planet
has a moon, it may be seen (or even discovered) during such an occultation.
The following publications by Section members appeared in recent issues of the Minor Planet
After the Pluto encounter, the New Horizons spacecraft will head to the Kuiper Belt, a disk-shaped cloud beyond the orbit of Neptune where short- period comets are thought to form and objects called ice dwarfs and minor planets
have been detected.
But that's not the way many interpreted his proposal last year that this icy orb, discovered in 1930, belongs in a catalog of objects known as the minor planets
Brian's professional astronomy colleagues will also miss someone who not only excelled in the investigation of the orbits of comets and minor planets
, but, in addition, effectively policed potential discoveries and their validity, mainly through his work at the Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams.
are named for Shakespeare, Michaelangelo, Beethoven -- and also for Garcia (Jerry), Clapton (Eric) and James Bond.
Most of these minor planets
would likely settle into a domain where most comets are thought to reside--two regions postulated to exist at the outskirts of the solar system, the Kuiper belt and Oort cloud (SN:4/21/90, p.
Indeed precious little evidence for the existence of nebulosity or coma associated with minor planets
can be found in the historical literature.
You may well have a planetarium-style application on your personal computer which will cover most of the above, but what if you want to obsereve minor planets