Connors received a PhD in Physics from the University of Alberta in 1998. He is the Assistant Professor at Athabasca University. He tutors and develops courses in Mathematics, Physics, and Astronomy. He was part of the team credited with the discovery of the first Earth trojan asteroid, an asteroid that orbits the Sun on a similar orbital path as that of Earth. The 300-meter-diameter asteroid was designated 2010 TK7. The asteroid was discovered in October 2010 by the NEOWISE team of astronomers using NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE). Connors himself is credited with the near-Earth and Apollo asteroid (464639) 2000 PO30, which he co-discovered together with astronomer Christian Veillet at the Mauna Kea Observatories in August 2000.
Awards and honorsEdit
- "13700 Connors (1998 MM36)". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
- Connors, Martin. "Curriculum Vitae" (PDF). University of Calgary Auroral Imaging Group. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
- "Brief Bio Martin Connors". Athabasca University. 2006. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
- "NASA's WISE Mission Finds First Trojan Asteroid Sharing Earth's Orbit". NASA. 29 July 2011. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
- "JPL Small-Body Database Browser: 464639 (2000 PO30)" (2017-06-25 last obs.). Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
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