Starkenburg Observatory

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Minor planets discovered: 52 [1]
see § List of discovered minor planets
Part of the Starkenburg Observatory

The Starkenburg Observatory (German: Starkenburg-Sternwarte) is an astronomical observatory in Heppenheim, Germany. It was founded in 1970, and currently has about 150 members.[2][3]

The observatory was the venue for the 1997 and 2003 meetings of the European Radio Astronomy Congress. The amateur astronomers at the observatory have discovered more than 40 asteroids and participate in the tracking of near earth asteroids.

The instruments at the observatory consists of:

The two main-belt asteroids 6864 Starkenburg and 14080 Heppenheim were named in honor of the medieval castle, the adjunct observatory and the nearby town Heppenheim, respectively.[2][3]

List of discovered minor planets[edit]

As of 2016, IAU's Minor Planet Center (MPC) credits the discovery of 52 numbered minor planets directly to the observatory (group discovery) including 47 discoveries to "Starkenburg" (1997–2009), and 5 discoveries to "Heppenheim" (1997–2002), for which no apparent distinction can be made.

12053 Turtlestar 9 August 1997 list[A]
12057 Alfredsturm 18 February 1998 list[A]
14080 Heppenheim 1 April 1997 list[A]
15397 Ksoari 27 October 1997 list[A]
16809 Galápagos 21 October 1997 list[A]
16969 Helamuda 29 October 1998 list[A]
17855 Geffert 19 May 1998 list[A]
18567 Segenthau 27 September 1997 list[A]
18610 Arthurdent 7 February 1998 list[A]
18653 Christagünt 28 March 1998 list[A]
(18893) 2000 GH1 2 April 2000 list[A]
21663 Banat 3 September 1999 list[A]
24168 Hexlein 29 November 1999 list[A]
27984 Herminefranz 1 November 1997 list[A]
31984 Unger 25 April 2000 list[A]
33863 Elfriederwin 5 May 2000 list[A]
35357 Haraldlesch 28 September 1997 list[B]
38270 Wettzell 11 September 1999 list[B]
(38681) 2000 QK6 24 August 2000 list[A]
40764 Gerhardiser 13 October 1999 list[B]
(40995) 1999 UC4 27 October 1999 list[A]
(47083) 1998 YG22 29 December 1998 list[A]
56561 Jaimenomen 5 May 2000 list[A]
58896 Schlosser 15 May 1998 list[B]
60006 Holgermandel 13 October 1999 list[A]
(60175) 1999 VQ1 3 November 1999 list[A]
(66480) 1999 RW33 10 September 1999 list[A]
(68980) 2002 RP181 13 September 2002 list[A]
(72057) 2000 YS9 23 December 2000 list[A]
(89263) 2001 VZ1 10 November 2001 list[A]
(89455) 2001 XJ1 8 December 2001 list[A]
(105250) 2000 QJ6 24 August 2000 list[A]
121232 Zerin 11 September 1999 list[A]
(137466) 1999 UB4 27 October 1999 list[A]
(157894) 1999 TK16 14 October 1999 list[A]
(178543) 1999 VP1 3 November 1999 list[A]
(190415) 1999 UP1 17 October 1999 list[A]
(193493) 2000 YZ7 21 December 2000 list[A]
(208034) 1999 RT28 8 September 1999 list[A]
216624 Kaufer 9 December 2002 list[B]
(219657) 2001 VA2 10 November 2001 list[A]
(321286) 2009 FL14 19 March 2009 list[A]
(321311) 2009 HX35 19 April 2009 list[A]
(322003) 2010 UE82 3 November 1999 list[A]
(337298) 2000 YY7 22 December 2000 list[A]
342431 Hilo 25 October 2008 list[A]
(343080) 2009 DH1 17 February 2009 list[A]
(349826) 2009 CU6 14 February 2009 list[A]
(367468) 2009 DG1 17 February 2009 list[A]
(403307) 2009 CR6 14 February 2009 list[A]
(435943) 2009 CE40 14 February 2009 list[A]
(457708) 2009 FO14 20 March 2009 list[A]
The MPC credits discovery to:
A Starkenburg
B Heppenheim

For the table below, the mentioned astronomers may or may not be credited directly with the discovery by the MPC. Instead, the discovery site/observatory, "Starkenburg" or "Heppenheim", may be the sole credited discoverer, as for 18610 Arthurdent (discovered at Heppenheim by Starkenburg).[4]

Asteroids discovered: 52 (47+5)[1]
12053 Turtlestar October 8, 1997 M. Busch, W. Ernst, K. Sonneberg, L. Kurtze
12057 Alfredsturm February 18, 1998 P. Geffert, J. Rothermel, E. Schwab, R. Stoss
14080 Heppenheim April 1, 1997 W. Ernst, K. Sonneberg, R. Stoss
15397 Ksoari October 27, 1997 M. Busch, W. Ernst, K. Sonneberg, L. Kurtze
16809 Galápagos October 21, 1997 M. Busch, L. Kurtze
16969 Helamuda October 29, 1998 M. Busch, P. Geffert, R. Stoss
17855 Geffert May 19, 1998 A. Busch, M. Busch, E. Schwab
18567 Segenthau September 27, 1997 R. Stoss
18610 Arthurdent February 7, 1998 F. Hormuth
18653 Christagünt March 28, 1998 F. Hormuth, J. Rothermel, R. Stoss
21663 Banat September 3, 1999 M. Busch, R. Stoss
24168 Hexlein November 29, 1999 M. Busch, R. Stoss, R. Kresken
27984 Herminefranz November 1, 1997 R. Stoss
33863 Elfriederwin May 5, 2000 E. Schwab, R. Stoss
56561 Jaimenomen May 5, 2000 R. Stoss, E. Schwab

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Minor Planet Discoverers (by number)". Minor Planet Center. 14 November 2016. Retrieved 28 November 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Schmadel, Lutz D. (2007). Dictionary of Minor Planet Names – (6864) Starkenburg. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. p. 562. ISBN 978-3-540-00238-3. Retrieved 28 November 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Schmadel, Lutz D. (2007). Dictionary of Minor Planet Names – (14080) Heppenheim. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. p. 808. ISBN 978-3-540-00238-3. Retrieved 28 November 2016. 
  4. ^ "18610 Arthurdent (1998 CC2)". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 17 March 2016. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 49°38′53″N 8°39′11″E / 49.64806°N 8.65306°E / 49.64806; 8.65306