Eric Walter Elst

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Asteroids discovered: 3490
(as of July 2006—only a few unusual ones are listed here)
4486 Mithra[1] 22 September 1987 Apollo asteroid
7968 Elst-Pizarro[2] 14 July 1996 also a comet
8191 Mersenne 20 July 1993 Mersenne prime
(15745) 1991 PM5 3 August 1991 Amor asteroid
21088 Chelyabinsk 30 January 1992 Amor asteroid
(52387) 1993 OM7 20 July 1993 Amor asteroid

Eric Walter Elst is a Belgian astronomer and a prolific discoverer of asteroids, with over 3,000 discovered so far (just 85 of these having been co-discovered).

Notable discoveries include the Apollo asteroid 4486 Mithra, the asteroid/comet 7968 Elst-Pizarro (133P/Elst-Pizarro), the asteroid 8191 Mersenne (1993 OX9), and more than 25 Trojan asteroids.

The asteroid 3936 Elst was named in his honour.

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