Roy A. Tucker
Tucker was raised in Memphis, Tennessee. In 1966, he became a member of Memphis Astronomical Society and received a Master's degree in Scientific Instrumentation from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He works as a senior engineer in the Imaging Technology Laboratory of the University of Arizona.
Awards and discoveries
- 2002, one of five researchers awarded a "Gene Shoemaker Near Earth Object Grant", by the Planetary Society.
- One of the three co-discoverers of asteroid 99942 Apophis (formerly better known by its provisional designation 2004 MN4) along with David J. Tholen and Fabrizio Bernardi of the University of Hawaii. This asteroid will closely approach the earth on 13 April 2029 and be as bright as a third magnitude star.
- Aguirre, Edwin L. 1999. Sentinel of the Sky - Armed with a Modest Telescope and CCD Camera, Tucson Amateur Roy A Tucker Joins the Ranks of Professional Astronomers Who Have Discovered Near-Earth Objects. Sky and Telescope. 97, no. 3: 76.
- CCD Precision Photometry Workshop, Eric R. Craine, Roy A. Tucker, Jeannette V. Barnes. CCD Precision Photometry Workshop: Proceedings of a Meeting Held at San Diego, California, USA, 6-7, June 1998. Astronomical Society of the Pacific conference series, v. 189. San Francisco, Calif: Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 1999. ISBN 1-58381-015-3
- Goodricke-Pigott Observatory
- Discovering My First Asteroid "Don't count your asteroids till they are numbered" - Roy A. Tucker First person narrative.
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