Robert Luther

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Asteroids discovered: 24
17 Thetis April 17, 1852
26 Proserpina May 5, 1853
28 Bellona March 1, 1854
35 Leukothea April 19, 1855
37 Fides October 5, 1855
47 Aglaja September 15, 1857
53 Kalypso April 4, 1858
57 Mnemosyne September 22, 1859
58 Concordia March 24, 1860
68 Leto April 29, 1861
71 Niobe August 13, 1861
78 Diana March 15, 1863
82 Alkmene November 27, 1864
84 Klio August 25, 1865
90 Antiope October 1, 1866
95 Arethusa November 23, 1867
108 Hecuba April 2, 1869
113 Amalthea March 12, 1871
118 Peitho March 15, 1872
134 Sophrosyne September 27, 1873
241 Germania September 12, 1884
247 Eukrate March 14, 1885
258 Tyche May 4, 1886
288 Glauke February 20, 1890

Karl Theodor Robert Luther (April 16, 1822 – February 15, 1900), normally published as Robert Luther, was a German astronomer who searched for asteroids while working in Düsseldorf. He discovered 24 of them.[1][2]

Two of his discoveries are now known to have unusual properties: the binary asteroid with equal components 90 Antiope and the extremely slow-rotating 288 Glauke. The asteroid 1303 Luthera and the crater Luther on the Moon[1][2] were named in his honour.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Crater Luther on Moon Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature, IAU, USGS, NASA
  2. ^ a b Antonín Rükl: Atlas Měsíce (Atlas of the Moon), Aventinum, Prague 1991, chapter Hercules, page 54, ISBN 80-85277-10-7 (Czech)