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Martin Gerard Connors (born 1954) is a Canadian astronomer and professor.[1]


Connors received a PhD in Physics from the University of Alberta in 1998.[2] He is the Assistant Professor at Athabasca University. He tutors and develops courses in Mathematics, Physics, and Astronomy.[3] 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).[4] 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.[5]

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The asteroid 13700 Connors, discovered by the Spacewatch survey in 1998, was named in his honor.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "13700 Connors (1998 MM36)". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  2. ^ Connors, Martin. "Curriculum Vitae" (PDF). University of Calgary Auroral Imaging Group. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  3. ^ "Brief Bio Martin Connors". Athabasca University. 2006. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  4. ^ "NASA's WISE Mission Finds First Trojan Asteroid Sharing Earth's Orbit". NASA. 29 July 2011. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  5. ^ "JPL Small-Body Database Browser: 464639 (2000 PO30)" (2017-06-25 last obs.). Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Retrieved 3 April 2018.