Christopher Aikman

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Asteroids discovered: 4[1]
7840 Hendrika October 5, 1994 [2][3]
10870 Gwendolen September 25, 1996 [4][5]
24899 Dominiona January 14, 1997 [6][7]
246913 Slocum September 23, 1998 [8]

Christopher Aikman (born 1943) is a Canadian astrophysicist who spent most of his career (from 1968 to 1997) at the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory (DAO) in Saanich, British Columbia, Canada.

His initial research was on the spectroscopy of chemically peculiar stars, whose surface compositions differ markedly from that of the Sun, with the aim of understanding the origin of their anomalies. From 1991, he conducted a program of tracking Earth approaching asteroids with the historic telescope built by John S. Plaskett, but the project was cancelled in 1997.

He was the Canadian representative on the Spaceguard Foundation, a group concerned with assessing the asteroid impact threat to Earth. An incidental product of this research was the discovery of four asteroids between 1994 and 1998 (as credited by the Minor Planet Center).[1]

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  1. ^ a b "Minor Planet Discoverers (by number)". Minor Planet Center. 24 February 2016. Retrieved 19 March 2016. 
  2. ^ Schmadel, Lutz D. (2007). Dictionary of Minor Planet Names – (7840) Hendrika. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. p. 618. ISBN 978-3-540-00238-3. Retrieved 19 March 2016. 
  3. ^ "7840 Hendrika (1994 TL3)". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 19 March 2016. 
  4. ^ Schmadel, Lutz D. (2007). Dictionary of Minor Planet Names – (10870) Gwendolen. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. p. 747. ISBN 978-3-540-00238-3. Retrieved 19 March 2016. 
  5. ^ "10870 Gwendolen (1996 SY4)". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 19 March 2016. 
  6. ^ Schmadel, Lutz D. (2007). Dictionary of Minor Planet Names – (24899) Dominiona. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. p. 875. ISBN 978-3-540-00238-3. Retrieved 19 March 2016. 
  7. ^ "24899 Dominiona (1997 AU17)". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 19 March 2016. 
  8. ^ "246913 Slocum (1998 SU63)". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 19 March 2016. 

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