96747 Crespodasilva

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96747 Crespodasilva
Discovery and designation
Discovered by Lucy D’Escoffier Crespo da Silva
Discovery site Wallace Astrophysical Observatory
Designations
Named after Lucy D’Escoffier Crespo da Silva
Alternative names 1999 QQ2
Minor planet category Main-belt Asteroid
Orbital characteristics
Epoch 2454600.5 (2008-May-14.0)
Aphelion 3.1202902
Perihelion 2.0623518
Semi-major axis 2.5913210
Eccentricity 0.2041311
Orbital period 1523.6326212
Mean anomaly 349.13177
Inclination 13.17238
Longitude of ascending node 344.83961
Argument of perihelion 57.78395/day
Physical characteristics
Absolute magnitude (H) 14.4

96747 Crespodasilva is a main-belt asteroid discovered by Lucy D’Escoffier Crespo da Silva. While making observations, at the Wallace Astrophysical Observatory, August 16, 1999, she sighted this new asteroid.

Crespo da Silva was working toward an undergraduate degree in earth, atmospheric, and planetary sciences at MIT and was to have graduated in December 2000. She took her own life in November 2000.[1] Her area of specialization was observing light curves of minor planets.

Typically, astronomers will name their discoveries after other notable people or each other, but an exception was made in this case. After her death, Richard P. Binzel, an MIT planetary sciences faculty member, suggested that the minor planet Crespo da Silva had discovered be named for her.[2] This exception was granted for her contribution to the field. The asteroid is now designated as 96747 Crespodasilva.[2]

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