Minor planets named for truly remarkable people.


Echion was one of the Achaean warriors who entered Troy in the wooden horse. Formerly a teacher, he was also a council member of the Società Astronomica Italiana. Voves is twinned with the Italian town of Stroncone.


Jurij Vega (1754-1802), Slovenian mathematician and military engineer, is known for his logarithmic and trigonometric tables, which were used worldwide until the start of computer era. Associated with the Palomar planet-crossing asteroid program during 1985-1987, he is currently involved in JPL's Planetary Image Facility. Austrian-born Lisa Kaltenegger (b. 1977), at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics since 2005, is involved in the use of space-based instruments to collect sufficient photons from extrasolar planets to characterize their physical and chemical composition and examine their potential habitability.


Named for the German scientist, statesman and promotor of the arts Bernhard August von Lindenau (1779-1854). The former Miwa village area of Hitachi Omiya city is now the site of the Bistar Astronomical Observatory. Aesculus hippocastanum (common horse-chestnut) is known for its creamy yellow flowers, in large, conical, upright panicles.


Katheryn Cheng Shi (b. 1993) is a finalist in the 2010 Intel Science Talent Search (STS), a science competition for high school seniors, for her chemistry project. The name was the highest-ranked favorite supported by citizens through a questionnaire. The citation was prepared by G. and D. Heinlein.


Ernest Khristov Knorre (1759-1810) was the first astronomer at Tartu University. A fine observer of the sun, he was in charge of the solar section of the Unione Astrofili Italiani, and he served as secretary of the Unione for the four years preceding his tragic death in a road accident. It is an old cultivated and cultural landscape.

Data from The IAU Minor Planet Center, mashed up by Leonard Richardson.

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