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The CERGA Observatory (French: Centre de recherches en géodynamique et astrométrie; obs. code: 010) was a scientific department and astronomical station of the Côte d'Azur Observatory in southern France, where several asteroids were discovered during 1984–1993.[1][2]

Centre de recherches en géodynamique et astrométrie
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Alternative namesCentre de recherches en geodynamique et astrometrie Edit this at Wikidata
Observatory code010 Edit this on Wikidata
LocationFrance Edit this at Wikidata
Coordinates43°45′11″N 6°55′21″E / 43.752941°N 6.922597°E / 43.752941; 6.922597Coordinates: 43°45′11″N 6°55′21″E / 43.752941°N 6.922597°E / 43.752941; 6.922597
CERGA Observatory is located in France
CERGA Observatory
Location of CERGA Observatory

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DescriptionEdit

CERGA included 28 researchers and as many engineers and technicians located on the Observatory sites of Nice, Grasse and Calern (Caussols). The scientific activities covered fields as diverse as fundamental astronomy, celestial mechanics, and space geodesy. CERGA was in charge of several observing facilities of the Lunar Laser Ranging experiment, for example, the lunar-laser ranging telescope and the two satellite laser stations.

By nature the scientific activity involved the acquisition of data and their processing, a dedicated instrumental development and a close relationship with the more theoretical aspects in dynamics and observation modelling.

CERGA was dissolved in 2004 when the parent Côte d'Azur Observatory re-organized. The main-belt asteroid 2252 CERGA was named for the observatory, where this asteroid was discovered by Kōichirō Tomita.[2]

List of discovered minor planetsEdit

Minor planets discovered: 21 [1]
see § List of discovered minor planets

The Minor Planet Center directly credits the CREGA observatory with the discovery of 21 asteroids made during 1984–1993.[1] The discoveries were made using the observatory's 0.9-meter Schmidt telescope.[2]

3913 Chemin 2 December 1986 list
4602 Heudier 28 October 1986 list
4603 Bertaud 25 November 1986 list
4892 Chrispollas 11 October 1985 list
5576 Albanese 26 October 1986 list
5671 Chanal 13 December 1985 list
5769 Michard 6 August 1987 list
6375 Fredharris 1 October 1986 list
6587 Brassens 27 November 1984 list
6820 Buil 13 December 1985 list
7928 Bijaoui 27 November 1986 list
8080 Intel 17 November 1987 list
8636 Malvina 17 October 1985 list
9553 Colas 17 October 1985 list
13499 Steinberg 1 October 1986 list
13500 Viscardy 6 August 1987 list
(17405) 1986 VQ2 4 November 1986 list
(27704) 1984 WB4 27 November 1984 list
(55734) 1986 WD6 27 November 1986 list
(65660) 1985 PM1 14 August 1985 list
100122 Alpes Maritimes 15 August 1993 list

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Minor Planet Discoverers (by number)". Minor Planet Center. 12 January 2017. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "2252 CERGA (1978 VT)". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 26 April 2018.

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