Keeler

(1977 HC )
CURRENT POSITION: 2 ARI 20
Incl: 22.7236
Eccent: 0.2359027
Period: 3.671946552086 years
AU 2.3800395
Type: 0007

Discovery Chart

20.4.1977 06:49 Mount Hamilton 24e45 59n26 observations 1

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Named in memory of James Edward Keeler (1857–1900), pioneer American astrophysicist and second director of the Lick Observatory. He measured accurately the wavelengths of the chief nebular lines, confirmed spectroscopically the particle nature of Saturn’s rings and recognized the spiral “nebulae” as numerous, important constituents of the universe. In 1899 he also discovered photographically with the Crossley reflector the faint minor planet  (452) Hamiltonia. (M 13172)

Citation prepared by D. E. Osterbrock.

Keeler is also honored by craters on Mars and the Moon.

Avastatud: 20-4-1977 Avastamiskoht: Mount Hamilton Avastajad: Klemola, A. R.

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