128065 Bartbenjamin

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Bartbenjamin
Discovery and designation
Discovered by Bert L. Stevens
Discovery site Desert Moon Observatory
Discovery date July 19, 2003
Designations
MPC designation 128065
2003 OK
Orbital characteristics
Epoch May 14, 2008
Aphelion 3.3903026
Perihelion 2.5870130
Eccentricity 0.1343897
1887.1774054
259.65246
Inclination 7.79396
223.23688
179.98621
Physical characteristics
15.1

128065 Bartbenjamin (2003 OK) is a main-belt asteroid discovered on July 19, 2003 by Bert L. Stevens at Desert Moon Observatory. It is probably between 1.9 and 2.6 kilometers (1.2 to 1.6 miles) in size, irregularly shaped, and made of carbon-based rock. In March 2008, it was renamed in honor of Bart Benjamin, Director of the Cernan Earth and Space Center of Triton College in River Grove, Illinois, former curator at the Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences in Peoria, Illinois, and longstanding member of the Peoria Astronomical Society.

Citation from the Minor Planet Circular[edit]

After joining the Peoria (Illinois) Astronomical Society, Bart Benjamin (b. 1958) became a curator at the Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences in Peoria, making astronomy exciting for the public. He eventually became director of the Cernan Earth and Space Center at Triton College in west suburban Chicago. .

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