Carl Gustav Witt

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Carl Gustav Witt
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Born (1866-10-29)October 29, 1866
Berlin, Kingdom of Prussia
Died January 3, 1946(1946-01-03) (aged 79)
Nationality German
Fields Astronomy
Institutions Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität, Urania Sternwarte Berlin
Alma mater Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität
Doctoral advisor Julius Bauschinger
Known for discovery of asteroids
Notable awards Iron Cross 2nd Class,
2732 Witt is named after him
Asteroids discovered: 2 [1]
422 Berolina October 8, 1896
433 Eros August 13, 1898

Carl Gustav Witt (October 29, 1866 – January 3, 1946) was a German astronomer and discover of two asteroids who worked at the Urania Sternwarte Berlin, a popular observatory of the Urania astronomical association of Berlin.[2]

He wrote a doctoral thesis under the direction of Julius Bauschinger.

Witt discovered two asteroids, most notably 433 Eros, the first asteroid with a male name, and the first known near-Earth object.[3][4] His first minor planet discovery was the main-belt asteroid 422 Berolina, that bears the Latin name of his adoptive city.[5]

The minor planet 2732 Witt – an A-type asteroid from the main-belt, discovered by Max Wolf at Heidelberg Observatory in 1926 – was named in his memory by American astronomer and MPC's longtime director, Brian G. Marsden.[2] Naming citation was published on 22 September 1983 (M.P.C. 8153).[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Minor Planet Discoverers (by number)". Minor Planet Center. 22 June 2016. Retrieved 12 July 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Schmadel, Lutz D. (2007). Dictionary of Minor Planet Names – (2732) Witt. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. p. 224. ISBN 978-3-540-00238-3. Retrieved 12 July 2016. 
  3. ^ "433 Eros (1898 DQ)". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 12 July 2016. 
  4. ^ Schmadel, Lutz D. (2007). Dictionary of Minor Planet Names – (433) Eros. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. p. 50. ISBN 978-3-540-00238-3. Retrieved 12 July 2016. 
  5. ^ Schmadel, Lutz D. (2007). Dictionary of Minor Planet Names – (422) Berolina. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. p. 49. ISBN 978-3-540-00238-3. Retrieved 12 July 2016. 
  6. ^ "MPC/MPO/MPS Archive". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 12 July 2016.