Jeff T. Alu

Minor planets discovered: 24 [1]
see § Discovered minor planets and comets

Jeffrey (Jeff) Thomas Alu (born January 1, 1966) is an American musician, photographer, graphic artist, and amateur astronomer who has participated in the Palomar Planet-Crossing Asteroid Survey. The asteroid 4104 Alu was named in his honour.[2]


Alu is cred by the Minor Planet Center with the discovery of 24 minor planets, including several near-Earth asteroids as well as some in the asteroid belt. Many of these discoveries were made in collaboration with American astronomers Eleanor F. Helin and Kenneth J. Lawrence. He also co-discovered 117P/Helin–Roman–Alu and 132P/Helin–Roman–Alu, two periodic comets.

List of discovered minor planets[]

Co-discoveries made with A E. F. Helin and B K. J. Lawrence.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "Minor Planet Discoverers (by number)". Minor Planet Center. 29 October 2018. Retrieved 19 February 2019.
  2. ^ Schmadel, Lutz D. (2007). "(4104) Alu". Dictionary of Minor Planet Names – (4104) Alu. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. p. 350. doi:10.1007/978-3-540-29925-7_4079. ISBN 978-3-540-29925-7.

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