Friedrich August Theodor Winnecke

Friedrich August Theodor Winnecke (February 5, 1835 in Groß-Heere, near Hannover – December 3, 1897 in Bonn) was a German astronomer.

Friedrich August Theodor Winnecke

Winnecke worked at Pulkovo Observatory near Saint Petersburg from 1858 to 1865, but returned to Germany and served as professor of astronomy in Strasbourg from 1872 to 1881.[1]

He discovered or co-discovered a large number of comets, including the periodic comet 7P/Pons-Winnecke and the comet once known as "Pons-Coggia-Winnecke-Forbes" but later renamed to 27P/Crommelin after Andrew Crommelin, who computed its orbit.

Winnecke also compiled a list of double stars, the Winnecke Catalogue of Double Stars, in 1869. He also found a number of nebulae.

The asteroid 207 Hedda, discovered by Johann Palisa in 1879, was named after Winnecke's wife Hedwig.


  1. ^ Frommert, Hartmut; Kronberg, Christine. "Friedrich August Theodor Winnecke (February 5, 1835 - December 3, 1897)". THE MESSIER CATALOG. Students for the Exploration and Development of Space. Retrieved 6 October 2012.

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