Eric Walter Elst

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Minor planetss discovered: 3866 [1]
selection of some notable bodies
4486 Mithra[A] 22 September 1987 Apollo asteroid
4492 Debussy 17 September 1988 binary asteroid
7968 Elst-Pizarro[B] 14 July 1996 also a comet
9936 Al-Biruni 8 August 1986 outer main-belt
12838 Adamsmith 9 March 1997 Koronis family
13058 Alfredstevens 19 November 1990 Vestian
13070 Seanconnery 8 September 1991 inner main-belt
13963 Euphrates 3 August 1991 2:1 resonance w/ Jupiter
15268 Wendelinefroger 18 November 1990 binary asteroid
21088 Chelyabinsk 30 January 1992 Amor asteroid
A co-discovered with Vladimir Georgiev Shkodrov
B co-discovered with Guido Pizarro

Eric Walter Elst (b. 1936) is a Belgian astronomer at the Observatory at the Royal Observatory of Belgium in Uccle and a prolific discoverer of asteroids. The Minor Planet Center ranks him 8th for a total of more than 3,700 minor planets discovered at ESO's La Silla Observatory in northern Chile and at the Rozhen Observatory in Bulgaria during 1986–2002.[1]

Notable discoveries include 4486 Mithra, a near-Earth and Apollo asteroid, 7968 Elst-Pizarro, which is classified as both, asteroid and comet, and more than 25 Jupiter trojans.

The minor planet 3936 Elst, a stony Vestian asteroid from the inner regions of the asteroid belt, roughly 6 kilometers in diameter, was named in his honour.[2][3]

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  1. ^ a b "Minor Planet Discoverers (by number)". Minor Planet Center. 20 August 2016. Retrieved 25 August 2016. 
  2. ^ Schmadel, Lutz D. (2007). Dictionary of Minor Planet Names – (3936) Elst. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. p. 335. ISBN 978-3-540-00238-3. Retrieved 17 February 2016. 
  3. ^ "LCDB Data for (3936) Elst". Asteroid Lightcurve Database (LCDB). Retrieved 17 February 2016. 

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