Asteroid (96344) Scottweaver

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Asteroid (96344) Scottweaver

#1  Postby Weaver » Jul 18, 2011 9:29 pm

Asteroid 96344 has been named after my father, Scott Weaver.

The asteroid was discovered by one of his students while Dad and another professor at Alfred University were hunting asteroids - the student, Adrienne Makita, noticed a moving dot in the fluff of the CCD images. When she heard he'd died, she requested that the asteroid be named after him (he'd discovered a couple other asteroids himself, and named them after other professors at Alfred University).

Glad to know this has finally been completed.
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Re: Asteroid (96334) Scottweaver

#2  Postby John P. M. » Jul 18, 2011 9:42 pm

Wow, great! :)

Sorry for your loss, but this is a nice way of commemorating him, I'd say. :)

I'd have loved to have a celestial body named after me for posterity.
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Re: Asteroid (96334) Scottweaver

#3  Postby Bribase » Jul 18, 2011 9:42 pm

Very cool.
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Re: Asteroid (96344) Scottweaver

#4  Postby jerome » Jul 18, 2011 10:17 pm

Sorry about your loss of your father but what a wonderful tribute to his memory and lifes work!
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#5  Postby klazmon » Jul 18, 2011 10:47 pm

Weaver wrote:Asteroid 96344 has been named after my father, Scott Weaver.

The asteroid was discovered by one of his students while Dad and another professor at Alfred University were hunting asteroids - the student, Adrienne Makita, noticed a moving dot in the fluff of the CCD images. When she heard he'd died, she requested that the asteroid be named after him (he'd discovered a couple other asteroids himself, and named them after other professors at Alfred University).

Glad to know this has finally been completed.


A fine tribute.

Data from the Minor Planet Center

(96344) Scottweaver = 1997 RH3 = 2000 JH39

Discovered at Alfred University on 1997-09-05 by A. Robbins.
(96344) Scottweaver = 1997 RH3

J. Scott Weaver (1940-2008) was Professor of Geology at Alfred University, where he taught Geology, Physics and Astronomy courses. He was instrumental in starting the asteroid observation program in 1997 after the 32-inch telescope was computerized.

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Orbit type: Main Belt Asteroid

epoch 2011-08-27.0
epoch JD 2455800.5
perihelion date 2010-10-17.28996
perihelion date JD 2455486.78996
argument of perihelion (°) 74.08337
ascending node (°) 238.64410
inclination (°) 3.07760
eccentricity 0.1638280
perihelion distance (AU) 1.8498163

semimajor axis (AU) 2.2122439
mean anomaly (°) 93.96865
mean daily motion (°/day) 0.29953980
aphelion distance (AU) 2.57500
period (years) 3.29
P-vector [x] 0.67732761
P-vector [y] -0.69384764
P-vector [z] -0.24454602
Q-vector [x] 0.73425154
Q-vector [y] 0.61685479
Q-vector [z] 0.28348694
absolute magnitude 16.2
phase slope 0.15

uncertainty 0
reference MPO 150824
observations used 221
oppositions 8
arc length (days) 4176
first opposition used 1997
last opposition used 2009
residual rms (arc-secs) 0.54
perturbers coarse indicator M-v
perturbers precise indicator 0038h
first observation date used 1997-07-27.0
last observation date used 2009-01-01.0
computer name MPCALI
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Re: Asteroid (96344) Scottweaver

#6  Postby Weaver » Jul 19, 2011 8:43 pm

Thanks for that!

I note that they have my father's date of death wrong - he died in 2009, not 2008. I'll get in touch with the MPC to try to correct their notation.
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#7  Postby Ironclad » Jul 19, 2011 10:55 pm

Nice one Weaver! :)
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Re: Asteroid (96344) Scottweaver

#8  Postby orpheus » Jul 19, 2011 11:23 pm

jerome wrote:Sorry about your loss of your father but what a wonderful tribute to his memory and lifes work!


+1
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Re: Asteroid (96344) Scottweaver

#9  Postby james1v » Jul 20, 2011 12:30 am

:thumbup: :cheers:
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Re: Asteroid (96344) Scottweaver

#10  Postby hackenslash » Jul 20, 2011 1:19 am

jerome wrote:Sorry about your loss of your father but what a wonderful tribute to his memory and lifes work!


:this:

Thanks also to Klaz for the data.
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Re: Asteroid (96344) Scottweaver

#11  Postby Darwinsbulldog » Jul 20, 2011 3:04 am

@ Weaver!

Utterly fucking cool, but a shame it occurred too late. But I surmise that his family and close friends would know that your Dad was a "steely-eyed missile-man" with or without the official recognition.
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Re: Asteroid (96344) Scottweaver

#12  Postby AlohaChris » Jul 20, 2011 3:25 am

Tremendous. :cheers:
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Re: Asteroid (96344) Scottweaver

#13  Postby MattHunX » Jul 21, 2011 1:24 pm

Talk about being immortalized, Weaver! Congrats! :clap: :cheers:
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Re: Asteroid (96344) Scottweaver

#14  Postby Onyx8 » Jul 22, 2011 2:02 am

Wow, very impressed.
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Re: Asteroid (96344) Scottweaver

#15  Postby laklak » Jul 22, 2011 3:01 am

Very cool, and a fitting tribute.
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Re: Asteroid (96344) Scottweaver

#16  Postby Spearthrower » Jul 29, 2011 11:39 am

Weaver wrote:Asteroid 96344 has been named after my father, Scott Weaver.

The asteroid was discovered by one of his students while Dad and another professor at Alfred University were hunting asteroids - the student, Adrienne Makita, noticed a moving dot in the fluff of the CCD images. When she heard he'd died, she requested that the asteroid be named after him (he'd discovered a couple other asteroids himself, and named them after other professors at Alfred University).

Glad to know this has finally been completed.


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