David Healy (astronomer)

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David B. Healy
Born 22 December 1936
Los Angeles, California
Died 6 June 2011 (2011-06-07) (aged 74)
Sierra Vista, Arizona
Nationality United States
Occupation astrophotographer
Minor planets discovered: 214 [1]
see § List of discovered minor planets

David B. Healy (22 December 1936 – 6 June 2011) was an American astrophotographer and asteroid discoverer who is known for his contributions to Burnham's Celestial Handbook.[2]

History[edit]

David B. Healy was born 1936 in Los Angeles, California. He was an automotive industry analyst for Drexel Burnham in New York and later a stock broker before retiring to Arizona. He dedicated his life to Astronomy and the discovery of planets. While in New York, he was a longtime member of the Astronomical Society of Long Island. Once in Sierra Vista, Arizona, he became a valued member of the Huachuca Astronomy Club.

He was well known for his pioneering work in astrophotography (in particular with cooled and hypered emulsion astrophotography before silver became silicon) with multiple contributions to leading astronomy publications. Healy established the Junk Bond Observatory in Arizona for visual work and recoveries of minor planets.

On September 4, 1999 a main-belt asteroid was discovered by Myke Collins and M. White at Anza. It was called 66479 Healy after the founder of the JBO.[2] Healy was also an original contributor to Burnham's Celestial Handbook. The JBO established by Healy operates a 32-inch Ritchey Chretien reflector chiefly for minor planet astrometry and is credited with over 500 discoveries.[3] After his chief co-discoverer Jeffrey Medkeff died in 2008, Dave decided to participate in the search for exo-planets. His telescope is still being used in the search for these planetary systems.

He was a Contributing Editor of Astronomy Magazine. Bloomberg Press reviewed Healy's transition from investment analyst to amateur astronomer in the following article. [1]

List of discovered minor planets[edit]

15512 Snyder 18 October 1999 list[A]
37163 Huachucaclub 19 November 2000 list[A]
38203 Sanner 19 June 1999 list[A]
40328 Dow 20 June 1999 list
46053 Davidpatterson 21 February 2001 list
48070 Zizza 19 March 2001 list
54693 Garymyers 19 March 2001 list
63305 Bobkepple 17 March 2001 list
68218 Nealgalt 12 February 2001 list
72633 Randygroth 22 March 2001 list
99070 Strittmatter 22 March 2001 list
107638 Wendyfreedman 15 March 2001 list
115326 Wehinger 29 September 2003 list
115331 Shrylmiles 29 September 2003 list
115801 Punahou 23 October 2003 list
117381 Lindaweiland 18 December 2004 list
118945 Rikhill 29 November 2000 list
123818 Helenzier 31 January 2001 list
124075 Ketelsen 15 April 2001 list
131245 Bakich 16 March 2001 list
133528 Ceragioli 4 October 2003 list
133753 Teresamullen 21 November 2003 list
(145349) 2005 MS15 27 June 2005 list
146268 Jennipolakis 16 February 2001 list
(149885) 2005 RV11 11 September 2005 list
(149896) 2005 SD1 23 September 2005 list
(149954) 2005 TV48 9 October 2005 list
(149975) 2005 UY1 22 October 2005 list
(152506) 2005 XN1 4 December 2005 list
153289 Rebeccawatson 22 March 2001 list
153298 Paulmyers 29 March 2001 list
(155141) 2005 UY 20 October 2005 list
(155247) 2005 WK46 22 November 2005 list
(157540) 2005 UO3 25 October 2005 list
(159296) 2006 BM44 23 January 2006 list
159778 Bobshelton 24 June 2003 list
159827 Keithmullen 4 October 2003 list
161546 Schneeweis 10 December 2004 list
(161593) 2005 QE28 28 August 2005 list
165612 Stackpole 23 March 2001 list
167113 Robertwick 19 September 2003 list
172525 Adamblock 4 October 2003 list
176103 Waynejohnson 30 January 2001 list
(177824) 2005 NB15 6 July 2005 list
178803 Kristenjohnson 19 March 2001 list
(180947) 2005 MQ13 27 June 2005 list
(181174) 2005 SV70 27 September 2005 list
(181402) 2006 SR118 24 September 2006 list
(184621) 2005 RD26 12 September 2005 list
(184629) 2005 SX1 23 September 2005 list
(185575) 2008 BF15 29 January 2008 list
189930 Jeanneherbert 22 September 2003 list
189948 Richswanson 16 October 2003 list
196807 Beshore 26 September 2003 list
196938 Delgordon 22 October 2003 list
197196 Jamestaylor 15 November 2003 list
(197284) 2003 WV107 24 November 2003 list
(199002) 2005 WO55 28 November 2005 list
(199684) 2006 HY16 20 April 2006 list
(202584) 2006 GO3 7 April 2006 list
(202758) 2007 RJ19 4 September 2007 list
(207521) 2006 JD49 1 May 2006 list
(209643) 2005 BZ26 29 January 2005 list
(209917) 2005 QA11 27 August 2005 list
(209918) 2005 QY30 28 August 2005 list
(210347) 2007 UT1 17 October 2007 list
(212846) 2007 VP7 3 November 2007 list
(214423) 2005 QY10 27 August 2005 list
(216028) 2005 WB59 28 November 2005 list
(216882) 2008 KE 26 May 2008 list
(218348) 2004 FY17 27 March 2004 list
(221229) 2005 UA158 28 October 2005 list
222403 Bethchristie 22 March 2001 list
(224122) 2005 QZ10 27 August 2005 list
(224277) 2005 TU52 14 October 2005 list
(224492) 2005 WQ7 21 November 2005 list
(227332) 2005 UF2 23 October 2005 list
(227483) 2005 XO 1 December 2005 list
(227653) 2006 BQ143 29 January 2006 list
(229388) 2005 SU70 27 September 2005 list
(231059) 2005 NP7 5 July 2005 list
(231282) 2006 BF44 23 January 2006 list
(231290) 2006 BK99 25 January 2006 list
(231535) 2008 ST147 25 September 2008 list
232553 Randypeterson 26 September 2003 list
(233206) 2005 XJ27 5 December 2005 list
(233494) 2007 CW26 12 February 2007 list
(233667) 2008 RQ25 5 September 2008 list
(234336) 2001 FH1 18 March 2001 list
(236806) 2007 RC2 4 September 2007 list
(237012) 2008 RT125 9 September 2008 list
(240629) 2004 YS 16 December 2004 list
(240789) 2005 UM156 28 October 2005 list
(242698) 2005 TS52 11 October 2005 list
(245629) 2005 XK27 6 December 2005 list
(245637) 2005 YZ8 20 December 2005 list
(246382) 2007 UJ3 18 October 2007 list
(249118) 2007 WW9 17 November 2007 list
(249131) 2007 YG56 30 December 2007 list
(250947) 2005 YB287 28 December 2005 list
(254857) 2005 RT33 12 September 2005 list
(255018) 2005 TK48 7 October 2005 list
(255069) 2005 UP1 22 October 2005 list
(255327) 2005 WX34 21 November 2005 list
(255337) 2005 WC55 26 November 2005 list
(256814) 2008 CT118 11 February 2008 list
(259618) 2003 VA8 15 November 2003 list
(261836) 2006 DR63 27 February 2006 list
(265517) 2005 MK8 27 June 2005 list
(265536) 2005 NO78 12 July 2005 list
(265763) 2005 WZ5 21 November 2005 list
(266103) 2006 SB131 24 September 2006 list
(268552) 2006 BG8 22 January 2006 list
(271580) 2004 ML3 20 June 2004 list
(272316) 2005 SW70 27 September 2005 list
(272345) 2005 SP134 30 September 2005 list
(272441) 2005 UR1 22 October 2005 list
(272672) 2005 XP1 4 December 2005 list
(273302) 2006 SS118 24 September 2006 list
(277339) 2005 TM45 6 October 2005 list
(277369) 2005 UZ 20 October 2005 list
(277370) 2005 US1 22 October 2005 list
(277397) 2005 UN156 28 October 2005 list
(278795) 2008 SC210 28 September 2008 list
(281398) 2008 RM25 5 September 2008 list
(289866) 2005 MV15 30 June 2005 list
(290013) 2005 QE11 27 August 2005 list
(290163) 2005 RT11 11 September 2005 list
(290357) 2005 SF261 27 September 2005 list
(290486) 2005 UX1 22 October 2005 list
(290866) 2005 WL55 28 November 2005 list
(290967) 2005 XH 1 December 2005 list
(291013) 2005 YY6 21 December 2005 list
(291225) 2006 BJ8 22 January 2006 list
(292453) 2006 SX359 30 September 2006 list
(294215) 2007 UK3 18 October 2007 list
(294741) 2008 CX1 2 February 2008 list
(299240) 2005 MU15 30 June 2005 list
(299465) 2006 BL103 23 January 2006 list
(301023) 2008 SN67 21 September 2008 list
(301053) 2008 UX1 22 October 2008 list
(305397) 2008 CB74 9 February 2008 list
(309237) 2007 RB2 4 September 2007 list
(310357) 2011 UE266 8 October 2005 list
(314271) 2005 RF26 12 September 2005 list
(314466) 2005 WR58 30 November 2005 list
(316958) 2001 FG1 18 March 2001 list
(319072) 2005 WY56 29 November 2005 list
(319109) 2005 XG 1 December 2005 list
(320516) 2007 YP3 16 December 2007 list
(320692) 2008 DS 24 February 2008 list
(322378) 2011 MV9 5 March 2006 list
(326779) 2003 SM224 30 September 2003 list
(326814) 2003 TN9 13 October 2003 list
(326827) 2003 UL7 18 October 2003 list
(327188) 2005 MQ5 27 June 2005 list
(327430) 2005 WA59 28 November 2005 list
(330394) 2006 YP14 25 December 2006 list
(335333) 2005 RR11 11 September 2005 list
(335415) 2005 UT1 22 October 2005 list
(337339) 2001 FL31 23 March 2001 list
(340077) 2005 WP7 21 November 2005 list
(346089) 2007 VQ7 4 November 2007 list
(349044) 2006 VC122 14 November 2006 list
(350382) 2012 UF164 21 November 2003 list
(351507) 2005 RK29 12 September 2005 list
(351509) 2005 RS33 12 September 2005 list
(352304) 2007 UT5 18 October 2007 list
(353766) 2012 FQ28 5 June 2005 list
(354703) 2005 RS11 11 September 2005 list
(355559) 2008 CN20 6 February 2008 list
(358276) 2006 UX16 16 October 2006 list
(360867) 2005 RE26 12 September 2005 list
(361023) 2005 WV56 29 November 2005 list
(361673) 2007 UU1 17 October 2007 list
(362554) 2010 VZ1 30 November 2005 list
(362860) 2012 BJ58 7 October 2005 list
(363439) 2003 SE112 21 September 2003 list
(365958) 2012 BZ16 29 November 2005 list
(368771) 2005 WC19 22 November 2005 list
(372163) 2008 TT8 6 October 2008 list
(374353) 2005 UO156 28 October 2005 list
(377708) 2005 WW56 29 November 2005 list
(377765) 2005 YH87 21 December 2005 list
(380717) 2005 QD11 27 August 2005 list
(381964) 2010 EM105 13 June 2005 list
(383131) 2005 UX 20 October 2005 list
(385650) 2005 RW11 11 September 2005 list
(385693) 2005 TR52 11 October 2005 list
(386355) 2008 TU8 6 October 2008 list
(388036) 2005 SQ134 30 September 2005 list
(388179) 2006 BK147 31 January 2006 list
(393912) 2005 UL26 23 October 2005 list
(394058) 2005 XF 1 December 2005 list
(394675) 2008 CK74 10 February 2008 list
(397818) 2008 SN2 22 September 2008 list
(400387) 2007 YH56 30 December 2007 list
(402448) 2006 BX58 23 January 2006 list
(402753) 2006 YQ14 25 December 2006 list
(405726) 2005 XJ 1 December 2005 list
(423161) 2004 FG 16 March 2004 list
(423531) 2005 UQ158 31 October 2005 list
(423690) 2006 AZ4 7 January 2006 list
(423712) 2006 BQ62 25 January 2006 list
(424662) 2008 RL25 5 September 2008 list
(434636) 2005 WA57 29 November 2005 list
(435395) 2007 YA30 28 December 2007 list
(435561) 2008 RN25 5 September 2008 list
(440619) 2005 WS9 21 November 2005 list
(444327) 2005 WL38 22 November 2005 list
(452734) 2006 BU25 23 January 2006 list
(465351) 2007 XJ1 3 December 2007 list
(481231) 2005 WN55 28 November 2005 list
(481488) 2007 CZ53 15 February 2007 list
Co-discovery made with:
A J. Medkeff

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