Hildebrand

(1977 PO1 )
CURRENT POSITION: 5 LIB 5
Incl: 13.31725
Eccent: 0.2353134
Period: 7.8968269072666 years
AU 3.9654124
Type: 0008

Discovery Chart

14.8.1977 22:40 Nauchnyj 34e1 44n32 observations 1

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This Hilda group member is named in honor of the well-known Canadian geologist Alan R. Hildebrand (1955– ), who discovered that the Chicxulub Crater in the Yucatan region resulted from an asteroid impact that coincided with the terminal Cretaceous extinctions. His linking of a “smoking gun” to a major extinction event in geologic history provided evidence of fundamental importance to the resolution of a centuries-old debate on the demise of the dinosaurs and the occurrence of catastrophes in the earth’s history. Hildebrand also has been highly supportive of the asteroid research program at the University of Victoria. (M 24410)

Named by the discoverer at the suggestion of J. B. Tatum. Citation provided by D. Russell.

Avastatud: 14-8-1977 Avastamiskoht: Nauchnyj Avastajad: Chernykh, N. S.

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