Carl Gustav Witt
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|422 Berolina||October 8, 1896|
|433 Eros||August 13, 1898|
|Carl Gustav Witt|
October 29, 1866|
Berlin, Kingdom of Prussia
|Died||January 3, 1946(aged 79)|
|Institutions||Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität, Urania Sternwarte Berlin|
|Doctoral advisor||Julius Bauschinger|
|Known for||discovery of 433 Eros and 422 Berolina|
|Notable awards||Iron Cross 2nd Class,
2732 Witt is named after him
Carl Gustav Witt (October 29, 1866 – January 3, 1946) was a German astronomer who used to work at the popular observatory of the Urania astronomical association of Berlin (Urania Sternwarte Berlin).
He wrote a doctoral thesis under the direction of Julius Bauschinger.
He discovered two asteroids, most notably 433 Eros, the first known asteroid with an unusual orbit occasionally approaching the Earth's (today it is classified as an Amor asteroid). The other one, Berolina, bears the Latin name of his adoptive city.
Several decades after his death, minor planet (2732) Witt was named in his honor.
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