Jean Chacornac

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"Chacornac" redirects here. For the lunar crater, see Chacornac (crater).
Asteroids discovered: 6
25 Phocaea April 6, 1853
33 Polyhymnia October 28, 1854
34 Circe April 6, 1855
38 Leda January 12, 1856
39 Laetitia February 8, 1856
59 Elpis September 12, 1860

Jean Chacornac (June 21, 1823 – September 23, 1873) was a French astronomer.

He was born in Lyon and died in St Jean en Royans.[1] Working in Marseille and Paris, he discovered six asteroids and the comet Chacornac C/1852 K1[2] which may be the source of the current Eta Eridanids meteors.[3] The asteroid 1622 Chacornac and the crater Chacornac on the Moon are named in his honour.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tobin, W., Holberg, J.B., "A newly-discovered accurate early drawing of M51, the Whirlpool Nebula." Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage, vol 11, pp107-115 (2008), note 3.
  2. ^ Hockey, Thomas (2009). The Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers. Springer Publishing. ISBN 978-0-387-31022-0. Retrieved August 22, 2012. 
  3. ^ Ohtsuka, K.; Tanigawa, T. (2001). "The new meteor shower η Eridanids". Proceedings of the Meteoroids 2001 Conference: 109–112. Retrieved August 28, 2012.