Minor planets named for truly remarkable people.


Japanese amateur astronomer Masaaki Tanaka (b. 1952) uses a Schmidt camera and binoculars to observe comets. Since her debut in 1991, she has released 15 singles, including her greatest hit, Sukini Natte Yokatta, and 12 albums. Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, directed by choreographer Lin Hwai-min, is acclaimed as one of the finest contemporary dance companies in the world for its innovative works inspired by Asian cultures.


Named for Richard Preston, American author and teacher of English literature. It is the home of Charleville Cosmos Centre, which, blessed with very dark skies, introduces the public to astronomy. She attends the Charles E. Jordan High School, Durham, North Carolina. From 1981 to 1989 he was head of the department of astronomy, geophysics and meteorology, and during this time the Astronomical and Geophysical Observatory in Modra was built. The number 8191 = 213-1 is the fifth Mersenne prime. He is director of the Institute on laser and information technologies.


Deborah Wysocki mentored a finalist in the 2008 Society for Science and the Public middle school science competition. Slain by the heathen Frisians, he was interred in Fulda and later sanctified. `Cruithne' was the eponymous ancestor of the Picts, and it was his seven sons who gave their names to the seven divisions of the Pictish Kingdom.


This minor planet honors the California Institute of Technology's class of 1953 and their contributions to physics, engineering, chemistry, biology, geology, astronomy, mathematics and related fields, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of their graduation. After completing 14 revolutions he landed safely in the grasslands of China's Inner Mongolai province. She teaches at the Powhatan Junior High School, Powhatan, Virginia.


Named in honor of Hisako Koyama, staff member of the National Science Museum in Tokyo for more than 40 years, internationally known for her solar observations. They also contribute in the Association des Utilisateurs de Détecteurs Electroniques and the Société Astronomique de France. 2-4.

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

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