Nikolai Chernykh

Minor planets discovered: 537 [1]
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Nikolai Stepanovich Chernykh (Russian: Никола́й Степа́нович Черны́х) (6 October 1931 – 25 May 2004[2]) was a Russian-born Soviet astronomer and discoverer of minor planets and comets at the Crimean Astrophysical Observatory in Nauchnyy, Crimea.[3]

Biography and work[]

Chernykh was born in the Russian city of Usman in Voronezh Oblast,[4] in present-day Lipetsk Oblast. He specialized in astrometry and the dynamics of small bodies in the Solar System and worked at the Crimean Astrophysical Observatory from 1963.

Chernykh discovered two periodic comets 74P/Smirnova–Chernykh and 101P/Chernykh. He also discovered a very large number of asteroids, including notably 2867 Šteins and the Trojan asteroid 2207 Antenor. Chernykh worked with his wife and colleague Lyudmila Chernykh. The asteroid 2325 Chernykh discovered in 1979 by Czech astronomer Antonín Mrkos was named in their honour.[3]

List of discovered minor planets[]


  1. ^ "Minor Planet Discoverers (by number)". Minor Planet Center. 4 September 2016. Retrieved 24 September 2016.
  2. ^ Казакова, Р.К. Памяти Николая Степановича Черных. Труды Государственного астрономического института им. П.К. Штернберга, Т. 78, М., 2005. – 115 с.
  3. ^ a b Schmadel, Lutz D. (2007). "(2325) Chernykh". Dictionary of Minor Planet Names – (2325) Chernykh. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. p. 189. doi:10.1007/978-3-540-29925-7_2326. ISBN 978-3-540-00238-3.
  4. ^ "16515 Usman'grad (1990 VN14)". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 10 July 2017.

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