Asteroids named after UH astronomers
Naming asteroids is serious business. In the latest batch of officially named asteroids, five were given names honoring astronomers at the University of Hawaii Institute of Astronomy (If a).
The Committee of the International Astronomical Union for the Nomenclature of Small Bodies is responsible for designating and naming minor planets. If an object has been observed for at least two nights and turns out to be a newly identified object, it is given a first provisional designation. If enough observations are obtained to calculate an orbit, the object is assigned a sequential numeric designation. The discoverer of the asteroid can then come up with a formal name.
Newly designated asteroids
- (28990) Ariheinze
Aren (Ari) Heinze is a postdoctoral fellow working on Asteroid Earth Impact Last Alert System (ATLAS) at EUH Manoa. His areas of study include Pluto and other dwarf planets, brown dwarfs, and asteroid discoveries.
- (33932) Keane
Jacqueline V. Keane is an assistant astronomer at If a whose research interests include the use of terrestrial and space facilities to study comae and comet nuclei.
- (34689) Flewelling
Heather flewelling is a ATLAS planetary defense researcher at EUH Manoa. His work includes the development of robotic telescopes and data pipelines, the study of transient objects and outreach activities.
- (41458) Ramanjooloo
Yudish Ramanjooloo is a junior researcher at EUH. His main research interests include the study of near-Earth objects and the interaction between the solar wind and the induced magnetosphere of comets and exoplanets.
- (51166) Huimanto
Man in Hui is a postdoctoral researcher at If a. His studies include photometric and dynamic studies of active asteroids and asteroids and comets close to the Sun.
These five new designations join a cornucopia of at least 40 asteroids named after the current and the old If a astronomers, students, staff and others.