Frank B. Zoltowski

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Frank B. Zoltowski
Born Frank B. Zoltowski
1957
Pennsylvania
Residence Australia
Education UofA
Years active 1997-2003
Known for discovery of minor planets
Home town Conshohocken Pennsylvania
Parent(s) Frank Zoltowski, Constance Zoltowski
Minor planets discovered: 228 [1]
see § List of discovered minor planets

Frank B. Zoltowski (born 1957) is an Australian amateur astronomer and prolific discoverer of minor planets who lives in Woomera, South Australia. In 1998, he was awarded a "Gene Shoemaker NEO Grant" for improved near-Earth object searches.[2][3]

Zoltowski conducts these searches from his home with a charge-coupled device camera.[2] He is a prolific discoverer of asteroids. He authored CCDTRACK, a computer program that auto-guides electronically controlled telescopes by tracking a user-selected celestial object.

He is mentioned in NASA's asteroid tracking database as an observer for asteroid (285263) 1998 QE2.[4] Astronomers at the Minor Planet Center used Zoltowski's work to work out an estimated approach distance for (137108) 1999 AN10 of 56,500 kilometers, and a closest approach date of Aug 7, 2027.[5] It was thought to potentially crash into Earth.[6][7][8]

The main-belt asteroid 18292 Zoltowski, discovered at the Agassiz Station of the Harvard College Observatory in 1977, was named in his honor.[3] The naming citation was published on 9 May 2001 (M.P.C. 42676).[9]

List of discovered minor planets[edit]

Frank Zoltowski is credited by the Minor Planet Center for the discovery of 228 numbered minor planets between 1997 and 2003.[1]

8430 Florey 25 December 1997 list
10203 Flinders 1 August 1997 list
11150 Bragg 21 December 1997 list
11195 Woomera 15 January 1999 list
11212 Tebbutt 18 April 1999 list
11356 Chuckjones 18 December 1997 list
12102 Piazzolla 5 May 1998 list
(12103) 1998 KL 19 May 1998 list
(12495) 1998 FJ 18 March 1998 list
(12518) 1998 HM52 27 April 1998 list
(12543) 1998 QM5 23 August 1998 list
(12899) 1998 RN13 1 September 1998 list
(12922) 1998 WW19 27 November 1998 list
(13296) 1998 RV 11 September 1998 list
(13742) 1998 SX22 23 September 1998 list
(13776) 1998 UK1 19 October 1998 list
(14169) 1998 UZ24 25 October 1998 list
(14204) 1999 AM20 12 January 1999 list
(14530) 1997 PR 1 August 1997 list
(14536) 1997 RY2 3 September 1997 list
(14557) 1997 VG8 15 November 1997 list
(14592) 1998 SV22 20 September 1998 list
(14991) 1997 UV14 31 October 1997 list
(15043) 1998 XW9 11 December 1998 list
(15383) 1997 SE3 21 September 1997 list
(15410) 1997 YZ 19 December 1997 list
(15475) 1999 BQ14 24 January 1999 list
(15936) 1997 YM4 22 December 1997 list
(16916) 1998 FM15 27 March 1998 list
(16963) 1998 RE2 12 September 1998 list
(17227) 2000 CW80 11 February 2000 list
(17708) 1997 WB 18 November 1997 list
(17750) 1998 DZ1 18 February 1998 list
(17775) 1998 FH 18 March 1998 list
(17828) 1998 HK8 22 April 1998 list
(17854) 1998 JC4 5 May 1998 list
(17916) 1999 GZ3 10 April 1999 list
(18600) 1998 BK10 24 January 1998 list
(18757) 1999 HT 18 April 1999 list
(19375) 1998 AB5 6 January 1998 list
(19387) 1998 DA2 18 February 1998 list
(19404) 1998 FO5 24 March 1998 list
(19471) 1998 HK52 25 April 1998 list
(19472) 1998 HL52 27 April 1998 list
(19505) 1998 MC 16 June 1998 list
(19566) 1999 KO6 23 May 1999 list
(19579) 1999 MB1 23 June 1999 list
(20319) 1998 GK1 5 April 1998 list
(20365) 1998 KD5 24 May 1998 list
(20398) 1998 NQ 11 July 1998 list
(20457) 1999 LX7 10 June 1999 list
(20463) 1999 MC1 23 June 1999 list
(20464) 1999 MD1 24 June 1999 list
(20619) 1999 SB10 30 September 1999 list
(21442) 1998 GF1 4 April 1998 list
(21567) 1998 RB2 1 September 1998 list
(22620) 1998 KZ26 23 May 1998 list
(22634) 1998 MN7 22 June 1998 list
(22636) 1998 MV13 25 June 1998 list
(22761) 1998 YH4 16 December 1998 list
(22770) 1999 BR14 24 January 1999 list
(23740) 1998 KP3 25 May 1998 list
(23793) 1998 QK26 23 August 1998 list
(23846) 1998 RF 1 September 1998 list
(24958) 1997 SS31 28 September 1997 list
(25008) 1998 PL 8 August 1998 list
(25009) 1998 PG1 15 August 1998 list
(25028) 1998 QL26 25 August 1998 list
(25839) 2000 ES50 11 March 2000 list
(26226) 1998 GJ1 4 April 1998 list
(26280) 1998 SW22 20 September 1998 list
(26354) 1998 YJ4 16 December 1998 list
(26980) 1997 UQ10 29 October 1997 list
(26983) 1997 VA 1 November 1997 list
(27124) 1998 WA20 29 November 1998 list
(27166) 1999 AN20 12 January 1999 list
(27183) 1999 CF4 10 February 1999 list
(28029) 1998 DW9 20 February 1998 list
(28363) 1999 GN6 14 April 1999 list
(28372) 1999 HU 18 April 1999 list
(29495) 1997 WU7 27 November 1997 list
(29739) 1999 BM9 16 January 1999 list
(29751) 1999 CE4 9 February 1999 list
(29752) 1999 CG4 10 February 1999 list
(29831) 1999 EV4 13 March 1999 list
(31350) 1998 SF2 17 September 1998 list
(31606) 1999 GX4 13 April 1999 list
(31668) 1999 JX3 6 May 1999 list
(33099) 1997 YN8 27 December 1997 list
(33178) 1998 FL15 27 March 1998 list
(33211) 1998 FG74 30 March 1998 list
(33286) 1998 KA 16 May 1998 list
(33321) 1998 QL 17 August 1998 list
(33533) 1999 HV3 19 April 1999 list
(33712) 1999 LE19 10 June 1999 list
(35480) 1998 FN5 24 March 1998 list
(35485) 1998 FZ14 24 March 1998 list
(35562) 1998 GL1 5 April 1998 list
(35622) 1998 JF4 5 May 1998 list
(35729) 1999 GZ4 13 April 1999 list
(35758) 1999 HE 16 April 1999 list
(35759) 1999 HQ 17 April 1999 list
(37819) 1998 BE5 20 January 1998 list
(37936) 1998 GH1 4 April 1998 list
(38209) 1999 NE 4 July 1999 list
(38444) 1999 SY9 29 September 1999 list
(39889) 1998 FG 17 March 1998 list
(40027) 1998 JH4 15 May 1998 list
(40100) 1998 PV 12 August 1998 list
(40105) 1998 QL4 17 August 1998 list
(40170) 1998 RK 1 September 1998 list
(42617) 1998 FJ1 20 March 1998 list
(44168) 1998 JJ4 15 May 1998 list
(44198) 1998 MP24 25 June 1998 list
(44308) 1998 RG 1 September 1998 list
(44486) 1998 WZ19 29 November 1998 list
(46847) 1998 QM26 25 August 1998 list
(46918) 1998 SC 16 September 1998 list
(48783) 1997 SR 20 September 1997 list
(48787) 1997 SY4 26 September 1997 list
(48833) 1997 YA5 24 December 1997 list
(48899) 1998 MM7 17 June 1998 list
(48930) 1998 PW 14 August 1998 list
(48937) 1998 QN4 21 August 1998 list
(49039) 1998 RH 1 September 1998 list
(49042) 1998 RD2 12 September 1998 list
(49271) 1998 UG15 20 October 1998 list
(51280) 2000 KG4 24 May 2000 list
(52614) 1997 UP10 29 October 1997 list
(52618) 1997 VP2 4 November 1997 list
(52759) 1998 MW13 25 June 1998 list
(52771) 1998 PX 14 August 1998 list
(53144) 1999 BN9 22 January 1999 list
(55867) 1997 RX2 3 September 1997 list
(55882) 1997 WY1 20 November 1997 list
(55899) 1998 BJ10 24 January 1998 list
(56044) 1998 XU17 15 December 1998 list
(56218) 1999 HP4 26 April 1999 list
(56278) 1999 KB 16 May 1999 list
(58936) 1998 PJ1 13 August 1998 list
(59422) 1999 GD4 12 April 1999 list
(59423) 1999 GE4 12 April 1999 list
(59471) 1999 HP 17 April 1999 list
(59758) 1999 MH 18 June 1999 list
(59761) 1999 MZ 23 June 1999 list
(60531) 2000 EF50 9 March 2000 list
(65958) 1998 GG1 4 April 1998 list
(66001) 1998 OG1 17 July 1998 list
(66279) 1999 JK11 12 May 1999 list
(69761) 1998 QM4 21 August 1998 list
(69844) 1998 SY22 23 September 1998 list
(70057) 1999 JJ11 12 May 1999 list
(70122) 1999 MX 22 June 1999 list
(70123) 1999 ME1 24 June 1999 list
(70124) 1999 NY 10 July 1999 list
(70220) 1999 RF44 13 September 1999 list
(70430) 1999 TM2 2 October 1999 list
(70432) 1999 TO3 3 October 1999 list
(71551) 2000 DW6 27 February 2000 list
(73992) 1998 FK1 20 March 1998 list
(74019) 1998 GY 2 April 1998 list
(74026) 1998 HL8 22 April 1998 list
(74069) 1998 MO7 22 June 1998 list
(74078) 1998 NP 3 July 1998 list
(74079) 1998 NS 11 July 1998 list
(74121) 1998 QT53 28 August 1998 list
(74362) 1998 WY19 29 November 1998 list
(74534) 1999 JA 1 May 1999 list
(75850) 2000 CC 2 February 2000 list
(77958) 2002 HR10 21 April 2002 list
(79517) 1998 MD 16 June 1998 list
(79518) 1998 MF3 16 June 1998 list
(80084) 1999 KN6 23 May 1999 list
(80692) 2000 CD 2 February 2000 list
(84778) 2002 XP59 10 December 2002 list
(85481) 1997 OG1 27 July 1997 list
(85647) 1998 PZ 14 August 1998 list
(85675) 1998 RC2 3 September 1998 list
(85971) 1999 GW5 15 April 1999 list
(90921) 1997 QP4 22 August 1997 list
(91112) 1998 HJ52 25 April 1998 list
(91401) 1999 MY 22 June 1999 list
(91402) 1999 NW 9 July 1999 list
(92489) 2000 MK 24 June 2000 list
(96436) 1998 FS72 28 March 1998 list
(96722) 1999 LO4 10 June 1999 list
(99916) 1998 AA5 3 January 1998 list
(100898) 1998 JG4 15 May 1998 list
(101494) 1998 XD3 8 December 1998 list
(101859) 1999 LA 2 June 1999 list
(104766) 2000 HG24 29 April 2000 list
(112050) 2002 JF9 7 May 2002 list
(114299) 2002 XL37 9 December 2002 list
(114392) 2002 YK7 31 December 2002 list
(118367) 1999 GC4 12 April 1999 list
(120853) 1998 QK4 17 August 1998 list
(121122) 1999 HW3 21 April 1999 list
(121233) 1999 RU36 10 September 1999 list
(121853) 2000 CT34 3 February 2000 list
(129770) 1999 HV 18 April 1999 list
(129812) 1999 MA1 23 June 1999 list
(130611) 2000 SP23 26 September 2000 list
(137241) 1999 RV36 11 September 1999 list
(138118) 2000 EA4 1 March 2000 list
(138142) 2000 EE50 9 March 2000 list
(145989) 2000 BL15 30 January 2000 list
(150179) 1998 FN15 27 March 1998 list
(152757) 1999 JL11 12 May 1999 list
(164767) 1998 YK4 18 December 1998 list
(175739) 1998 JL4 5 May 1998 list
(175741) 1998 MQ24 26 June 1998 list
(176996) 2003 AW16 5 January 2003 list
(182133) 2000 SO23 26 September 2000 list
(192630) 1999 LL 5 June 1999 list
(200154) 1998 RJ 1 September 1998 list
(210510) 1998 NR 11 July 1998 list
(216924) 1998 QV53 26 August 1998 list
(217231) 2003 BY46 31 January 2003 list
(234069) 1999 OA 16 July 1999 list
(234144) 2000 ET50 11 March 2000 list
(234714) 2002 JX67 11 May 2002 list
(257573) 1999 CH4 10 February 1999 list
(257848) 2000 MJ 24 June 2000 list
(259171) 2003 AB 1 January 2003 list
(269858) 2000 EB4 4 March 2000 list
(285280) 1998 SF28 24 September 1998 list
(344573) 2003 AV16 5 January 2003 list
(461350) 1998 PY 14 August 1998 list
(483407) 1999 SL|1 16 September 1999* list

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Minor Planet Discoverers (by number)". Minor Planet Center. 4 September 2016. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "The 1998 Gene Shoemaker NEO Grant Recipients". The Planetary Society. 1998. Retrieved 2009-05-06. 
  3. ^ a b Schmadel, Lutz D. (2007). Dictionary of Minor Planet Names – (18292) Zoltowski. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. p. 851. ISBN 978-3-540-00238-3. Retrieved 26 July 2016. 
  4. ^ "Asteroid 1998 QE2 some observations by F. B. Zoltowski". NASA. 
  5. ^ "Close shave with asteroid 1999 AN10". BBC. 
  6. ^ "World's end". New Scientist. 29 May 1999. Retrieved 2009-05-06. 
  7. ^ "Asteroid, Inbound, 2044 AD". Wired. 
  8. ^ "Planetary Society Grant Recipient Tracks Intriguing Near Earth Object". Science Daily. 
  9. ^ "MPC/MPO/MPS Archive". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 26 July 2016. 

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