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Asteroids discovered: 1 [1]
13682 Pressberger 10 August 1997 MPC
co-discovered with E. Meyer

Herbert Raab (born January 24, 1969 in Linz, Austria) is an Austrian software engineer, amateur astronomer and discoverer of astronomical objects.[2]

He finished his studies of computer science at the Johannes Kepler University of Linz in 1995 as a graduate engineer. In 2012, he received the Master of Science in Management for Engineers at the LIMAK business school in Linz, where he also graduated as Master of Business Administration in 2013. He works as a software engineer in the field of commercial software.[3]

In 1983, he joined the Astronomical Society of Linz (Linzer Astronomische Gemeinschaft), and has been president of the society from 1996 until 2017. Since 1990, he has been developing the widely used software Astrometrica, which is used for astrometric and photometric analysis of images of asteroids and comets.[4] Raab's most important observations include precise astrometry of the comet Shoemaker–Levy 9, which he observed together with Erich Meyer and Erwin Obermair in 1993. These observations have significantly contributed to the subsequent prediction of the impact of this comet on the planet Jupiter.[5]

On August 10, 1997, he discovered the asteroid 13682 Pressberger together with Erich Meyer at the private observatory Meyer/Obermair in Davidschlag (municipality Kirchschlag bei Linz, Austria).[1][6] Furthermore, he was involved in three other discoveries of asteroids which were assigned as site discoveries to the observatory Davidschlag by the International Astronomical Union (see Category:Discoveries by the Davidschlag Observatory).[7] During the Occultation of the star HIP 76293 by the asteroid 1177 Gonnessia on May 18, 2007, Raab discovered that the star is a close double star, whose components have a separation of just 0.04".[8][9]

In May 1996, asteroid 3184 Raab was named in his honor, following a proposal of Brian G. Marsden and Gareth V. Williams from the Minor Planet Center (M.P.C. 27124).[2][10] On April 4, 1997, Raab was presented the Gold Medal for Services to the Republic of Austria.[11]

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  1. ^ a b "Minor Planet Discoverers (by number)". Minor Planet Center. 22 June 2016. Retrieved 3 July 2016.
  2. ^ a b Schmadel, Lutz D. (2007). "(3184) Raab". Dictionary of Minor Planet Names – (3184) Raab. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. p. 264. doi:10.1007/978-3-540-29925-7_3185. ISBN 978-3-540-00238-3.
  3. ^ LinkedIn page of Herbert Raab. Retrieved 2015-01-13.
  4. ^ Astrometrica web page. Retrieved 2015-01-13
  5. ^ IAUC 5800: Periodic Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 (1993e). Retrieved 2015-01-13.
  6. ^ "13682 Pressberger (1997 PG3)". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 3 July 2016.
  7. ^ Minor Planet Discoveries - Webseite of the Davidschlag Observatory. Retrieved 2015-01-13.
  8. ^ 2007 European Asteroidal Occultation Results. Retrieved 2015-06-14
  9. ^ D. Herald et al.: "New Double Stars from Asteroidal Occultations, 1971-2008" In: Journal of Double Star Observations, Vol. 6 No. 1, pp. 88 (Online)
  10. ^ "MPC/MPO/MPS Archive". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 3 July 2016.
  11. ^ Recipients of Medals of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria (German). Retrieved 2015-01-13.