Asteroid Morison

Recently, Ian Morison of Jodrell Bank Observatory had an asteroid named in his honour by the IAU's Committee on Small Body Nomenclature. Apparently it is 5km in size and was named after him due to the work he has done in the promotion of astronomy over the years. This is an offical name unlike the dodgy star naming companies that trick people into buying star names that are only recognised by the company they buy the certificate from.

Talking of naming objects, the Working Group on Planetary System Nomenclature has given names to 11 newly discovered satellites of Jupiter. It seems that satellites in direct orbits have Latin names and those in retrograde orbits have Greek ones. They are all named after the entourage of Zeus/Jupiter. The WG on Planetary System Nomenclature shouldn't be confused with the WG on Solar and Interplanetary Nomenclature or even the Committee on Small Bodies Nomenclature.

Posted in astro blog by Stuart on Wednesday 03rd Dec 2003 (23:37 UTC) | Permalink
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