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Erich Karkoschka (born 1955) is a planetary researcher at the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory of the University of Arizona. He discovered a satellite of Uranus, S/1986 U 10 (later named Perdita) on photographs taken by the Voyager 2 spacecraft.[1] He has assembled a number of movies including: the Huygens landing on the Titan moon,[2] the seasonal patterns on Uranus,[3] and a rare triple eclipse on Jupiter.[4] The Jupiter and Uranus images were released as US postage stamps in 2016[5]

His book, The Observer's Sky Atlas,[6] has been translated into several languages as a resource for those interested in observing the sky.

An asteroid, 30786 Karkoschka (1988 QC), is named in his honour.[7]


  1. ^ "Hubble Uncovers Smallest Moons Yet Seen Around Uranus". Science Daily. 2003-09-26. Retrieved 2008-05-02.
  2. ^ Tariq Malik (2006-05-10). "Titan in Motion". CNN. Retrieved 2008-05-02.
  3. ^ "Changing Seasons on Uranus". BBC News Online. 1999-03-31. Retrieved 2008-05-02.
  4. ^ "Triple Eclipse Dots Jupiter". The Washington Post. 2004-11-08. Retrieved 2008-05-02.[dead link]
  5. ^ "UA Planetary Science Gets Stamps of Approval". UA News. 2016-05-26. Retrieved 2017-08-24.
  6. ^ Karkoschka, Erich (1999). The Observer's Sky Atlas. Springer. ISBN 0-387-98606-5.
  7. ^ "JPL Small-Body Database Browser". Retrieved 2008-07-19.