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Walter Augustin Villiger

Asteroids discovered: 1 [1]
428 Monachia November 18, 1897 MPC
Grave in Jena

Walter Augustin Villiger (1872–1938;[2] his first name is sometimes spelt Walther) was a Swiss astronomer and Carl Zeiss engineer who discovered an asteroid while was working in Munich, Germany. He also participated in the observation of comets.

His astronomical period of activity extended from 1896 to 1907.[3] In 1924, less than a year after the first planetarium had been opened at the Deutsches Museum in Munich, Walther Villiger suggested a new, improved Zeiss planetarium projector. This new Zeiss, known as the Mark II, was designed for much larger theatres than the previous model —up to 23 metres [1].

Asteroid 1310 Villigera is named after him.[4]


  1. ^ "Minor Planet Discoverers (by number)". Minor Planet Center. 23 May 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  2. ^ Gary W. Kronk. "Who's Who in Comet History: V".
  3. ^ "Query Results for "Villiger, W"". Astronomy Database.
  4. ^ Schmadel, Lutz D. (2007). "(1310) Villigera". Dictionary of Minor Planet Names – (1310) Villigera. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. p. 107. doi:10.1007/978-3-540-29925-7_1311. ISBN 978-3-540-00238-3.