24626 Astrowizard

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Discovered by C. S. Shoemaker and E. M. Shoemaker
Discovery site Palomar Observatory
Discovery date 9 October 1980
MPC designation (24626) Astrowizard
1980 TS3
Orbital characteristics[1]
Epoch 13 January 2016 (JD 2457400.5)
Uncertainty parameter 0
Observation arc 12644 days (34.62 yr)
Aphelion 3.5598252 AU (532.54227 Gm)
Perihelion 1.9812017 AU (296.38356 Gm)
2.770513 AU (414.4628 Gm)
Eccentricity 0.2848973
4.61 yr (1684.4 d)
0° 12m 49.425s / day
Inclination 8.205142°
Earth MOID 0.986433 AU (147.5683 Gm)
Jupiter MOID 1.89816 AU (283.961 Gm)
Jupiter Tisserand parameter 3.263
Physical characteristics

24626 Astrowizard (1980 TS3) is a main-belt asteroid discovered on October 9, 1980, by C. S. Shoemaker and E. M. Shoemaker at Palomar Observatory.

Name honors David V. Rodrigues (b. 1952) for educational outreach on astronomy to the public and school children, particularly by his wearing of a wizard outfit. Rodrigues is an astronomical lecturer at the Morrison Planetarium at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. He also serves as the program director of the East Bay Astronomical Society which meets at the Chabot Space & Science Center (Chabot Observatory).


  • MPC48396, Minor Planet Circulars, 2003 May 1.

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