Stephen P. Synnott

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Stephen P. Synnott (born 1946) is an American astronomer and Voyager scientist at JPL, and expert in spacecraft optical navigation techniques.[1][2] He has discovered several natural satellites of outer Solar System planets such as Metis, Puck, Larissa (recovered), Cressida, Thebe and Proteus.[3][4]


The minor planet 6154 Stevesynnott, discovered by Henry E. Holt in 1990, was named in his honour.[1] The approved naming citation was published by the Minor Planet Center on 1 July 1996 (M.P.C. 27461).[5]


  1. ^ a b Schmadel, Lutz D. (2007). "(6154) Stevesynnott". Dictionary of Minor Planet Names – (6154) Stevesynnott. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. p. 513. doi:10.1007/978-3-540-29925-7_5682. ISBN 978-3-540-00238-3.
  2. ^ "Stephen P. Synnott". IAU – International Astronomical Union. Retrieved 17 June 2017.
  3. ^ Johnston, Robert (14 June 2017). "List of IAU Preliminary Designations of Natural Satellites". Retrieved 16 June 2017.
  4. ^; retrieved 29 August 2010
  5. ^ "MPC/MPO/MPS Archive". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 17 June 2017.