Spacewatch Minor Planets Joe Has Named

Below are asteroids that Joe has had the privilege and pleasure of naming, discovered during his tenure as an observer with Spacewatch 0.9-m (~36-inch) telescope on Kitt Peak. Almost all of these named asteroids are in the Main Belt: only one thus far for me is of an Earth- approaching family: (65803) Didymos, and that object is also now known to be binary.

The names of these objects have been formally accepted and officially recorded and published by the International Astronomical Union (IAU).

The number in parenthesis before the name of the object is the sequence number given to the object by the IAU upon its first having a well-enough known orbit: this "permanent numbering" milestone usually requires several "oppositions" of the object, and the results of several years of precise positional measurements made by astronomers -- both professional and amateur -- around the world, following the Spacewatch discovery date (many thanks to all these tireless workers! --JLM).

The number in parenthesis (if given) following the textual citation is the Minor Planet Circular batch number in which the naming and the citation as given below was published for world notice. The "preliminary designation" given to the object after confirmation of the object by additional observations by others or by Spacewatch following the initial discovery is given on the line following the official name of each object. These names were proposed and citations were written by Joe Montani.

Joe extends gratitude and credit to all members of the Spacewatch Project at the Lunar and Planetary Lab of The University of Arizona, whose labor, skill, and creativity make it possible to discover objects and to name them. Drs. Bob McMillan and Tom Gehrels, Principals of Spacewatch, deserve particular thanks and credit.

(List below updated 2010, Jul 28)


(9211) Neese

1995 SB27. Discovered 1995 September 19 by Spacewatch at Kitt Peak.

Trained in stellar astronomy, Carol Lynn Neese (b. 1958) turned to solar system studies in 1992, joining the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, making physical studies of minor planets and archiving data from groundbased and spacecraft communities into the Small Bodies Node of the NASA Planetary Data System. (M 38198)


(9438) Satie

1997 EE16. Discovered 1997 March 5 by Spacewatch at Kitt Peak.

Erik Satie (1866-1925), French composer and pianist, is best known for his solo piano pieces, including the Gymnopedies, Gnossiennes, and Nocturnes. The tendency toward extreme simplicity in his music influenced his contemporaries Debussy {see planet (4492)}, Poulenc and Ravel {see planet (4727)}, and later in America, John Cage. (M 41568)


(9667) Amastrinc

1997 HC16. Discovered 1997 April 29 by Spacewatch at Kitt Peak.

Amateur Astronomers, Inc., was founded in 1949 and incorporated in 1956. After 1961 the AAI moved to Union College, Cranford, New Jersey, where it built and instrumented the fine William Miller Sperry Observatory and is involved in research and education. The name was suggested by J. Montani.


(10426) Charlierouse

1999 BB27. Discovered 1999 Jan. 16 by Spacewatch at Kitt Peak.

Charles (Charlie) Rouse (1924-1988) was an American jazz tenor saxophonist, born in Washington, D.C. Recording first in 1947, he played in Thelonious Monk's quartet during 1959-1970, exemplifying the "modern" style steeped in bop which Monk stressed. His final recording was a Monk tribute.


(10585) Wabi-Sabi

1996 GD21. Discovered 1996 April 13 by Spacewatch at Kitt Peak.

Wabi-Sabi is the quintessential Japanese aesthetic. Valued are one-of-a-kind objects of natural materials in the private domain, showing a sense of the ''rustic'' and of simplicity, as well as functional sufficiency in the face of material poverty, obvious repair, or age. The name was suggested by J. Montani. (M 42671)


(10874) Locatelli

1996 TN19. Discovered 1996 October 4 by Spacewatch at Kitt Peak.

Pietro Antonio Locatelli (1695-1764), born in Bergamo, studied violin in Rome with Corelli and Valentini, becoming a virtuoso and composer. He performed in Italy, Bavaria, Berlin and settled in Amsterdam. His great L'arte del Violino (1733) comprises 12 violin concerti and 24 caprices. (M 42671)


(10875) Veracini

1996 TG28. Discovered 1996 October 7 by Spacewatch at Kitt Peak.

Francesco Maria Veracini (1690-1768), born in Florence, studied violin with his uncle, Antonio Veracini, and with Casini and Feroci of Florence cathedral. His exuberant compositions and virtuosity caused the young Tartini to isolate himself to practice. The Sonate Accademiche (1711) show remarkable energy and brilliance. (M 42671)


(10894) Nakai

1997 SE30. Discovered 1997 September 30 by Spacewatch at Kitt Peak.

R. Carlos Nakai (b. 1946) is a musician and cultural anthropologist of Navajo-Ute descent. Classically trained on trumpet and cornet, he turned to wooden flute in 1972, mastered cedar flute-making and became a virtuoso player, composer and international recording artist. Nakai means "wanderer", as does planet in Greek. (M 42167)


(10918) Kodaly

1998 AS1. Discovered 1998 January 1 by Spacewatch at Kitt Peak.

With his friend Bela Bartok {see planet (4132)}, Hungarian composer Zoltan Kodaly (1882-1967) collected melodies and rhythms from Hungarian folk songs into his own works. His highly expressionistic and demanding Sonata for Solo 'Cello (1915) was one of the first major works for unaccompanied 'cello since Bach's {see planet (1814)} Suites. (M 42671)


(11067) Greenancy

1992 DC3. Discovered 1992 February 25 by Spacewatch at Kitt Peak.

Boston-born Nancy Green (b. 1952) studied violoncello at the Juilliard School, made her debut at Lincoln Center, studied in London with Jacqueline du Pre and taught 'cello at London's Guildhall School. A teacher at the University of Arizona since 1995, she performs and records internationally. (M 42672)


(11091) Thelonious

1994 DP. Discovered 1994 February 16 by Spacewatch at Kitt Peak.

Thelonious Sphere Monk (1917-1982), American composer and jazz pianist, born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, moved to New York City at age 3 and took up the piano at age 5. Monk was central to the development of the bebop style and a great procreator of musical advances. (M 42672)


(11098) Ginsberg

1995 GC2. Discovered 1995 April 2 by Spacewatch at Kitt Peak.

Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997), American lyric poet and teacher, was born in Paterson, New Jersey, and studied at Columbia College, New York City. He became a central figure among the Beats (taking their name from the eight Beatitudes; Matthew 5:3-10) with the publication of his long poem Howl in October 1955. (M 42672)


(12464) Manhattan

1997 AH8. Discovered 1997 Jan. 2 by Spacewatch at Kitt Peak.

Original island borough of New York City, obtained from the Manhattan Indians by the Dutch in 1626, became New York under the English in 1664. Commercial and cultural heart of the city. Site of terrorist destruction of the World Trade Center towers in 2001.


(12465) Perth Amboy

1997 AD10. Discovered 1997 Jan. 3 by Spacewatch at Kitt Peak.

Perth Amboy, a New Jersey city, was settled 1683, incorporated 1718. Important industrial city and port of entry with a fine harbor, near New York City. Birthplace of William Dunlap, playwright, Mary White, actress, and Joe Montani, asteroid and comet discoverer.


(12472) Samadhi

1997 CW11. Discovered 1997 Feb. 3 by Spacewatch at Kitt Peak.

Sanskrit word for the mental state of unity of subject and object, characterized by the complete and ongoing absence of discrete thoughts. Practiced meditators, artists, and athletes know this empty state as one of spontaneous and easy attention to the matter at hand.


(12477) Haiku

1997 EY20. Discovered 1997 Mar. 4 by Spacewatch at Kitt Peak.

Japanese poetry form
seventeen syllables long
just three lines.


(12515) Suiseki

1998 HE43. Discovered 1998 Apr. 30 by Spacewatch at Kitt Peak.

Literally "Water-Stone" in Japanese, Suiseki is the Japanese art form of stone appreciation. Small, naturally shaped stones are collected and displayed for their beauty and power to suggest natural scenes or objects.


(15363) Ysaye

1996 FT6. Discovered 1996 Mar. 18 by Spacewatch at Kitt Peak.

Eugene Ysaye (1858-1931), was a violinist and composer. A student of Vieuxtemps and Wieniawski in Brussels, he was linked with the romantic tradition and his influence predominated in the twentieth century. Each of his Six Sonatas for Solo Violin (1923) is dedicated to a younger musician, from Szigeti to Kreisler. (M 52323)


(15420) Aedouglass

1998 HQ31. Discovered 1998 Apr. 28 by Spacewatch at Kitt Peak.

Andrew Ellicott Douglass (1867-1962) was an American astronomer and developer of dendrochronology. For Percival Lowell, he sited Lowell Observatory {see also planet (1886)}. Later he directed the Steward Observatory {see planet (15371)} at the University of Arizona and in 1923 dedicated the 0.9-m telescope, which became the Spacewatch telescope in 1983. (M 52324)


(15465) Buchroeder

1999 AZ5. Discovered 1999 Jan. 15 by Spacewatch at Kitt Peak.

Richard A. Buchroeder (b. 1941) is an expert designer of decentered and other innovative optical systems, including those for astronomical telescopes. Three wide-field correctors used on the Spacewatch telescopes are of his design. (M 52324)


(15818) DeVeny

1994 RO7. Discovered 1994 Sep. 12 by Spacewatch at Kitt Peak.

James B. "Jim" DeVeny (1943-2004), born Alliance, Ohio, USA, joined the staff of Kitt Peak National Observatory in 1967, and became leader of the Instrument Support Group, playing a major role in the success and development of the Observatory during more than 30 years.


(19348) Cueca

1997 CL12. Discovered 1997 Feb. 3 by Spacewatch at Kitt Peak.

The cueca, the complex national dance of Chile since Decree #28 of 1979 Sept. 18, dates to about 1824. Partners mimic movements of rooster and hen in courting, and hold and wave a white handkerchief in the right hand, dancing to guitar music, voices, drums, and clapping. Name suggested by J. Montani.


(26194) ChasOlivier

1997 CO26. Discovered 1997 Feb. 10 by Spacewatch at Kitt Peak.

Charles P. Olivier (1884 - 1975) was an American astronomer who, with William Denning in England, developed the scientific visual study of meteors. He founded the American Meteor Society in 1911 and led the AMS for decades. He encouraged many young observers, including the discoverer, J. Montani.


(31531) ARRL

1999 CQ137. Discovered 1999 Feb. 9 by Spacewatch at Kitt Peak.

Since 1914, the American Radio Relay League has been the largest membership organization of radio amateurs in the USA. ARRL promotes interest in "ham" radio and experimentation, maintains high standards of conduct and fraternalism among hams, and represents their interests in matters legislative.


(52422) LPL

1994 LP. Discovered 1994 Jun. 7 by Spacewatch at Kitt Peak.

The University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory was founded in 1960. Its scientists pursue research and education in the formation and evolution of planetary systems, employing telescopic observing, spacecraft remote and in situ sensing, and lab, field, and theoretical studies.


(65803) Didymos

1996 GT. Discovered 1996 Apr. 11 by Spacewatch at Kitt Peak.

Greek for "twin", this rapid-rotator Amor possesses a satellite with an orbital period of 11.9 hr. Suspicions of binarity arose in Goldstone delay-Doppler echoes, and these were confirmed with optical light-curve analysis, along with Arecibo radar imaging on 2003 Nov. 23. (M 52326) Name suggested by the discoverer, J. Montani.


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