Luboš Kohoutek

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Luboš Kohoutek (born January 29, 1935) is a Czech astronomer[1] who has discovered numerous asteroids and comets, most famously Comet Kohoutek.

Kohoutek has been interested in astronomy since high school. He studied physics and astronomy at universities in Brno and Prague (finished 1958). Then he started to work in Astronomical Institute of Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, where he published a well cited catalog (Catalogue of Galactic Planetary Nebulae, 1967). Kohoutek obtained long term position in observatory in Hamburg-Bergedorf. After Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia (1968) he decided to stay in Germany (1970). His discoveries in the 1970s made him well known in media. In later years Kohoutek worked in observatories in Spain and Chile, working with planetary nebulae. He officially retired in 2001, yet he is still researching at the Hamburg-Bergedorf Observatory. Kohoutek has published 162 scientific works.

Astronomical discoveries[edit]

Asteroids discovered: 75
1834 Palach August 22, 1969
1840 Hus October 26, 1971
1841 Masaryk October 26, 1971
1842 Hynek January 14, 1972
1843 Jarmila January 14, 1972
1861 Komenský November 24, 1970
1865 Cerberus October 26, 1971
1875 Neruda August 22, 1969
1894 Haffner October 26, 1971
1895 Larink October 26, 1971
1896 Beer October 26, 1971
1897 Hind October 26, 1971
1898 Cowell October 26, 1971
1899 Crommelin October 26, 1971
1901 Moravia January 14, 1972
1931 Čapek August 22, 1969
1932 Jansky October 26, 1971
1933 Tinchen January 14, 1972
1942 Jablunka September 30, 1972
1963 Bezovec February 9, 1975
1995 Hajek October 26, 1971
1999 Hirayama February 27, 1973
2047 Smetana October 26, 1971
2055 Dvořák February 19, 1974
2073 Janáček February 19, 1974
2281 Biela October 26, 1971
2375 Radek January 8, 1975
2407 Haug February 27, 1973
2418 Voskovec-Werich October 26, 1971
2472 Bradman February 27, 1973
2541 Edebono February 27, 1973
2667 Oikawa October 30, 1967
2767 Takenouchi October 30, 1967
2838 Takase October 26, 1971
2900 Luboš Perek January 14, 1972
2901 Bagehot February 27, 1973
3081 Martinůboh October 26, 1971
3109 Machin February 19, 1974
3303 Merta October 30, 1967
3336 Grygar October 26, 1971
3337 Miloš October 26, 1971
3407 Jimmysimms February 28, 1973
3475 Fichte October 4, 1972
3514 Hooke October 26, 1971
3627 Sayers February 28, 1973
3635 Kreutz November 21, 1981
3769 Arthurmiller [1] October 30, 1967
3825 Nürnberg October 30, 1967
4137 Crabtree November 24, 1970
4425 Bilk October 30, 1967
5268 Černohorský October 26, 1971
(6215) 1973 EK March 7, 1973
(6431) 1967 UT October 30, 1967
(6680) 1970 WD November 24, 1970
(7044) 1971 UK October 26, 1971
7806 Umasslowell October 26, 1971
(8606) 1971 UG October 26, 1971
(8607) 1971 UT October 26, 1971
(8779) 1971 UH1 October 26, 1971
(9513) 1971 UN October 26, 1971
(10003) 1971 UD1 October 26, 1971
(10260) 1972 TC October 4, 1972
(10987) 1967 US October 30, 1967
(11250) 1972 AU January 14, 1972
(11436) 1969 QR August 22, 1969
(11783) 1971 UN1 October 26, 1971
(11784) 1971 UT1 October 26, 1971
(14311) 1971 UK1 October 26, 1971
(16351) 1971 US October 26, 1971
(20960) 1971 UR October 26, 1971
(24600) 1971 UQ October 26, 1971
24601 Valjean October 26, 1971
(29076) 1972 TR8 October 4, 1972
(37527) 1971 UJ1 October 26, 1971
(58094) 1972 AP January 14, 1972
  1. 1 with A. Kriete

Kohoutek is most famous for discoveries of numerous comets, including periodic comets 75D/Kohoutek and 76P/West-Kohoutek-Ikemura, as well as the famously disappointing "Comet Kohoutek" (C/1973 E1).[2]

He also discovered numerous asteroids, including the Apollo asteroid 1865 Cerberus.

The asteroid 1850 Kohoutek was named after him.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ O'Meara, Stephen James (2007). Hidden treasures. New York: Cambridge University Press. p. 420. ISBN 0-521-83704-9. 
  2. ^ Mitton, Simon (Nov 15, 1973). "Prospects for Comet Kohoutek". New Scientist. p. 464.