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Felix Hormuth (born 1975) is a German astronomer, working at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA) until 2016, and a prolific discoverer of minor planets.[2][3] During his stay at the Calar Alto Observatory in Spain, he has discovered many asteroids, including a Jupiter trojan and two near-Earth objects, such as the 15-meter Amor asteroid 2009 DS36,[4] using MPIA's 1.23-meter reflector telescope.

CareerEdit

Hormuth has worked with data obtained by the Infrared Space Observatory,[5] was involved in the measurement campaign of the Very Large Telescope's GRAVITY-interferometer, and participated in the construction of optical instruments used at the NTT in La Silla, Chile.[2] As of 2016, he is a project manager at MPIA, working for the Institute's hardware contribution to ESA's space-based Euclid mission, which will accurately measure the acceleration of the universe for the study of dark energy and dark matter.[2]

The Minor Planet Center ranks him 127th for a total of 75 credited discoveries of numbered asteroid during 2003–2009.[1] Hormuth has named his discovered main-belt asteroids 241475 Martinagedeck and 342843 Davidbowie after actors and songwriter Martina Gedeck and David Bowie, respectively. He has also named 18610 Arthurdent after the character in Douglas Adams's radio play and book The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.[6][7][8]

Honors and awardsEdit

The asteroid 10660 Felixhormuth was named in his honor by astronomers Lothar Kurtze and Lutz Schmadel. The outer main-belt asteroid, provisionally designated 4348 T-1, was discovered by Dutch and Dutch–American astronomers during the Palomar–Leiden trojan survey in 1971.[3] Based on an absolute magnitude of 13.9, it measures about 4 to 10 kilometers in diameter.[9][10]

List of discovered minor planetsEdit

189202 Calar Alto 17 September 2003 list
196640 Mulhacén 17 September 2003 list
202736 Julietclare 18 May 2007 list
209083 Rioja 17 September 2003 list
210432 Dietmarhopp 8 December 2008 list
210433 Ullithiele 21 December 2008 list
210444 Frithjof 16 January 2009 list
212991 Garcíalorca 23 February 2009 list
215044 Joãoalves 20 February 2009 list
(228124) 2008 YC7 23 December 2008 list
239672 SOFIA 21 December 2008 list
241475 Martinagedeck 25 January 2009 list
241509 Sessler 22 February 2009 list
246759 Elviracheca 11 February 2009 list
(246810) 2009 FH73 23 March 2009 list
257234 Güntherkurtze 26 February 2009 list
281764 Schwetzingen 24 February 2009 list
(283167) 2009 DN26 22 February 2009 list
(284873) 2009 DN37 23 February 2009 list
293934 MPIA 8 October 2007 list
(295957) 2008 YB4 22 December 2008 list
(296208) 2009 CG5 13 February 2009 list
(296256) 2009 DB28 22 February 2009 list
(301393) 2009 DB29 23 February 2009 list
(301405) 2009 DE37 23 February 2009 list
(301435) 2009 DE73 25 February 2009 list
305660 Romyhaag 29 January 2009 list
305661 Joejackson 29 January 2009 list
(305749) 2009 DF5 20 February 2009 list
(305763) 2009 DW30 23 February 2009 list
(305768) 2009 DU37 23 February 2009 list
342843 Davidbowie 21 December 2008 list
(342844) 2008 YA4 22 December 2008 list
(342960) 2009 BP 16 January 2009 list
(343094) 2009 DT37 23 February 2009 list
(346654) 2008 YT 19 December 2008 list
(346807) 2009 CZ19 15 February 2009 list
(346835) 2009 DH27 22 February 2009 list
(349767) 2009 BD1 17 January 2009 list
(352881) 2008 YO3 21 December 2008 list
(356058) 2009 DK27 22 February 2009 list
359103 Ottopiene 16 January 2009 list
(362128) 2009 DC29 23 February 2009 list
(362148) 2009 DS111 26 February 2009 list
(362186) 2009 FF67 19 March 2009 list
365130 Birnfeld 23 February 2009 list
365131 Hassberge 23 February 2009 list
365159 Garching 26 February 2009 list
(375672) 2009 FS65 19 March 2009 list
(384225) 2009 DP26 22 February 2009 list
(386528) 2009 CB5 12 February 2009 list
(386543) 2009 DZ2 17 February 2009 list
(389209) 2009 DR27 22 February 2009 list
(391982) 2008 YK 18 December 2008 list
(392077) 2009 DS26 22 February 2009 list
(394976) 2009 AK16 15 January 2009 list
(395046) 2009 DZ111 26 February 2009 list
(414427) 2009 DU29 23 February 2009 list
(414450) 2009 FJ73 23 March 2009 list
(418924) 2009 CO39 14 February 2009 list
(425011) 2009 DC112 26 February 2009 list
(425023) 2009 FL22 19 March 2009 list
429031 Hannavonhoerner 11 February 2009 list
429032 Sebvonhoerner 12 February 2009 list
429033 Günterwendt 13 February 2009 list
431397 Carolinregina 14 April 2007 list
435950 Bad Königshofen 21 February 2009 list
(435955) 2009 DU30 23 February 2009 list
(435957) 2009 DT38 24 February 2009 list
(445202) 2009 DG73 25 February 2009 list
(448292) 2009 BH14 24 January 2009 list
456731 Uligrözinger 8 October 2007 list
(457648) 2009 CE5 13 February 2009 list
(462562) 2009 DH28 22 February 2009 list
(468675) 2009 DB3 17 February 2009 list
(477032) 2009 AT15 15 January 2009 list
(477133) 2009 DY2 17 February 2009 list
(477135) 2009 DM10 21 February 2009 list
(490338) 2009 DV26 22 February 2009 list
(509904) 2009 DB30 23 February 2009 list
(513477) 2009 DR26 22 February 2009 list
(528696) 2008 YT4 22 December 2008 list

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Minor Planet Discoverers (by number)". Minor Planet Center. 24 May 2019. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "Felix Hormuth". Max Planck Institute for Astronomy. Archived from the original on 16 February 2016. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  3. ^ a b "10660 Felixhormuth (4348 T-1)". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 25 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Near-Earth asteroid discovered from Calar Alto Observatory". Centro Astronómico Hispano-Alemán, Calar Alto Observatory. February 2009. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  5. ^ Hormuth, Felix; Müller, Thomas G. (January 2009). "Catalogue of ISO LWS observations of asteroids": 1117–1138. arXiv:0901.4557. Bibcode:2009A&A...497..983H. doi:10.1051/0004-6361/20066545. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  6. ^ "241475 Martinagedeck (2009 BK14)". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  7. ^ "342843 Davidbowie (2008 YN3)". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  8. ^ "18610 Arthurdent (1998 CC2)". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  9. ^ "Absolute Magnitude (H)". NASA/JPL. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  10. ^ "JPL Small-Body Database Browser: 10660 Felixhormuth (4348 T-1)" (2015-01-25 last obs.). Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Retrieved 9 February 2016.

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