Carl W. Hergenrother

Minor planets discovered: 32 [1]
see § List of discovered minor planets

Carl William Hergenrother (born 1973) is an American astronomer and discoverer of minor planets and comets.[2][3]

As cred by the Minor Planet Center, he has discovered and co-discovered 32 numbered asteroids at the Bigelow Sky Survey during 1993–1999.[1] He has also discovered a number of comets including the long-period comet, C/1996 R1 (Hergenrother-Spahr), and three periodic comets, 168P/Hergenrother, 175P/Hergenrother and P/1999 V1 (Catalina). He is also a member of the science and operations team of the 2016-launched OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, a sample return mission to study near-Earth asteroid 101955 Bennu.[2]

The outer main-belt asteroid 3099 Hergenrother was named in his honor on 3 May 1996 (M.P.C. 27124).[3][4]

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  1. ^ a b "Minor Planet Discoverers (by number)". Minor Planet Center. 12 January 2017. Retrieved 8 March 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Get to Know a Staff Scientist: Carl Hergenrother". Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona. 15 October 2015. Retrieved 8 March 2017.
  3. ^ a b Schmadel, Lutz D. (2007). "(3099) Hergenrother". Dictionary of Minor Planet Names – (3099) Hergenrother. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. p. 255. doi:10.1007/978-3-540-29925-7_3100. ISBN 978-3-540-00238-3.
  4. ^ "MPC/MPO/MPS Archive". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 19 July 2016.

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