Erwin Schwab

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Erwin Schwab (b. 1964) is a German amateur astronomer, who works at the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung[1][2] and has discovered and co-discovered more than 80 asteroids.[3]

Schwab was born in Heppenheim,[1][4] where he started observing minor planets at the Starkenburg Observatory in 1981.[5] One which he discovered is named after his parents, Elfriede and Erwin Schwab.[6] Schwab has discovered asteroids at Starkenburg, Tzec Maun[7] as well as at the Taunus Observatory.[3] Some minor planet are named for German cities such as 204852 Frankfurt, 241418 Darmstadt, and 243440 Colonia (Cologne), while the Jupiter-trojans 192220 Oicles and 221917 Opites are named after figures from Greek mythology. He also co-discovered 2009 DM45, an unnumbered Apollo asteroid and potentially hazardous object.[8]

The Observatorio Astronómico de La Sagra in Spain has named the main-belt asteroid 185638 Erwinschwab in his honour.[9][10]

Asteroids discovered: 83 [3] Ref
12057 Alfredsturm [1] 18 February 1998 MPC
17855 Geffert [1] 19 May 1998 MPC
40764 Gerhardiser [1] 13 October 1999 MPC
33863 Elfriederwin [1] 5 May 2000 MPC
56561 Jaimenomen [1] 5 May 2000 MPC
243109 Hansludwig [4] 12 September 2007 MPC
192220 Oicles [3] 14 September 2007 MPC
204852 Frankfurt [3] 15 September 2007 MPC
204873 FAIR [3] 17 September 2007 MPC
221917 Opites [4] 26 September 2008 MPC
207901 Tzecmaun [6] 28 October 2008 MPC
241418 Darmstadt [6] 31 October 2008 MPC
216433 Milianleo [6] 19 February 2009 MPC
243440 Colonia [4] 17 March 2009 MPC
243536 Mannheim [7] 15 March 2010 MPC
378214 Sauron [3] 14 January 2007 MPC
  1. 1 with Team Starkenburg at the Starkenburg Observatory, Heppenheim (Germany)
  2. 2 with Team Starkenburg at Calar Alto Observatory (Spain)
  3. 3 with Rainer Kling at the Taunus Observatory, Frankfurt (Germany)
  4. 4 with Stefan Karge at the Taunus Observatory, Frankfurt (Germany)
  5. 5 with Ute Zimmer at the Taunus Observatory, Frankfurt (Germany)
  6. 6 at the Tzec Maun Observatory, Mayhill (USA)
  7. 7 at the Tzec Maun Observatory, Moorook (Australia)
  8. 8 at the Tzec Maun Observatory, Pingelly (Australia)

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Neuer Asteroid entdeckt: Planet Darmstadt" (New asteroid discovered: Planet Darmstadt), Frankfurter Rundschau 4 August 2010 (in German)
  2. ^ FAIR Newsletter No.15, April 2010, Page 10
  3. ^ a b c "Minor Planet Discoverers (by number)". Minor Planet Center. 20 June 2016. Retrieved 5 July 2016. 
  4. ^ Sabine Schiner, "'Darmstadt' schwebt zwischen Mars und Jupiter" ("Darmstadt" orbits between Mars and Jupiter), Darmstädter Echo 4 August 2010 (in German)
  5. ^ Letter from International Astronomical Union
  6. ^ Kleinplaneten-Namen, Starkenburg Observatory, 28 June 2010, retrieved 13 August 2010.
  7. ^ Asteroid Astrometry and Reporting, Tzec Maun Observatory wiki.
  8. ^ Minor Planet Electronic Circulars 2009-D81
  9. ^ Minor Planet Circular # 66244, published 7 June 2009.
  10. ^ Names given to LSSS asteroid discoveries: Erwinschwab, Observatorio Astronómico de La Sagra, minorplanets.org, 25 February 2010, retrieved 13 August 2010.

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