Luboš Kohoutek

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Minor planets discovered: 76 [1]
see § List of discovered minor planets

Luboš Kohoutek (born January 29, 1935) is a Czech astronomer and a discoverer of minor planets and comets, including Comet Kohoutek which was visible to the naked eye in 1973.[2][3]

Kohoutek has been interested in astronomy since high school. He studied physics and astronomy at universities in Brno and Prague (finished 1958). Then he started to work in Astronomical Institute of Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, where he published a well cited catalog (Catalogue of Galactic Planetary Nebulae, 1967). Kohoutek obtained long term position at the Bergedorf Observatory in Hamburg. After Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia (1968) he decided to stay in Germany (1970). His discoveries in the 1970s made him well known in media. In later years Kohoutek worked in observatories in Spain and Chile, working with planetary nebulae. He officially retired in 2001, yet he is still researching at the Hamburg-Bergedorf Observatory. Kohoutek has published 162 scientific works.[3]

Kohoutek is most famous for discoveries of numerous comets, including periodic comets 75D/Kohoutek and 76P/West–Kohoutek–Ikemura, as well as the famously disappointing "Comet Kohoutek" (C/1973 E1).[4]

He also discovered numerous asteroids, including the Apollo asteroid 1865 Cerberus. The main-belt asteroid 1850 Kohoutek was named after him.[2]

List of discovered minor planets[edit]

1834 Palach 22 August 1969 list
1840 Hus 26 October 1971 list
1841 Masaryk 26 October 1971 list
1842 Hynek 14 January 1972 list
1843 Jarmila 14 January 1972 list
1861 Komenský 24 November 1970 list
1865 Cerberus 26 October 1971 list
1875 Neruda 22 August 1969 list
1894 Haffner 26 October 1971 list
1895 Larink 26 October 1971 list
1896 Beer 26 October 1971 list
1897 Hind 26 October 1971 list
1898 Cowell 26 October 1971 list
1899 Crommelin 26 October 1971 list
1901 Moravia 14 January 1972 list
1931 Čapek 22 August 1969 list
1932 Jansky 26 October 1971 list
1933 Tinchen 14 January 1972 list
1942 Jablunka 30 September 1972 list
1963 Bezovec 9 February 1975 list
1995 Hajek 26 October 1971 list
1999 Hirayama 27 February 1973 list
2047 Smetana 26 October 1971 list
2055 Dvořák 19 February 1974 list
2073 Janáček 19 February 1974 list
2281 Biela 26 October 1971 list
2375 Radek 8 January 1975 list
2407 Haug 27 February 1973 list
2418 Voskovec-Werich 26 October 1971 list
2472 Bradman 27 February 1973 list
2541 Edebono 27 February 1973 list
2667 Oikawa 30 October 1967 list
2767 Takenouchi 30 October 1967 list
2838 Takase 26 October 1971 list
2900 Lubos Perek 14 January 1972 list
2901 Bagehot 27 February 1973 list
3081 Martinůboh 26 October 1971 list
3109 Machin 19 February 1974 list
3303 Merta 30 October 1967 list
3336 Grygar 26 October 1971 list
3337 Miloš 26 October 1971 list
3407 Jimmysimms 28 February 1973 list
3475 Fichte 4 October 1972 list
3514 Hooke 26 October 1971 list
3627 Sayers 28 February 1973 list
3635 Kreutz 21 November 1981 list
3769 Arthurmiller 30 October 1967 list[A]
3825 Nürnberg 30 October 1967 list
4137 Crabtree 24 November 1970 list
4425 Bilk 30 October 1967 list
5268 Černohorský 26 October 1971 list
(6215) 1973 EK 7 March 1973 list
(6431) 1967 UT 30 October 1967 list
(6680) 1970 WD 24 November 1970 list
(7044) 1971 UK 26 October 1971 list
7806 Umasslowell 26 October 1971 list
(8606) 1971 UG 26 October 1971 list
(8607) 1971 UT 26 October 1971 list
(8779) 1971 UH1 26 October 1971 list
(9513) 1971 UN 26 October 1971 list
(10003) 1971 UD1 26 October 1971 list
(10260) 1972 TC 4 October 1972 list
(10987) 1967 US 30 October 1967 list
(11250) 1972 AU 14 January 1972 list
(11436) 1969 QR 22 August 1969 list
(11783) 1971 UN1 26 October 1971 list
(11784) 1971 UT1 26 October 1971 list
(14311) 1971 UK1 26 October 1971 list
(16351) 1971 US 26 October 1971 list
(20960) 1971 UR 26 October 1971 list
(24600) 1971 UQ 26 October 1971 list
24601 Valjean 26 October 1971 list
(29076) 1972 TR8 4 October 1972 list
(37527) 1971 UJ1 26 October 1971 list
(58094) 1972 AP 14 January 1972 list
(85118) 1971 UU 26 October 1971 list
Co-discovery made with:
A A. Kriete

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Minor Planet Discoverers (by number)". Minor Planet Center. 4 September 2016. Retrieved 7 September 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Schmadel, Lutz D. (2007). Dictionary of Minor Planet Names – (1850) Kohoutek. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. p. 148. ISBN 978-3-540-00238-3. Retrieved 8 September 2016. 
  3. ^ a b O'Meara, Stephen James (2007). Hidden treasures. New York: Cambridge University Press. p. 420. ISBN 0-521-83704-9. 
  4. ^ Mitton, Simon (Nov 15, 1973). "Prospects for Comet Kohoutek". New Scientist. p. 464.