Minor Planet named after Local Astronomer

Hamilton RASC is pleased to report we have another of our members honoured with a minor planet being named after him. Ed joins Andy Blanchard and Roger Hill as members who have had minor planets named after them.

A minor planet is an astronomical object in direct orbit around the Sun that is neither a dominant planet nor a comet, and thus includes the dwarf planets. The orbital categories of minor planets are the asteroids, trojans, centaurs, Kuiper belt objects, and other trans-Neptunian objects.

As per the WGSBN bulletin, the information on the minor planet is as follows:

(10492) Mizzi = 1986 QZ1 Discovery: 1986-08-28 / H. Debehogne / La Silla / 809 Edward Michael Mizzi (b. 1953) is a retired teacher and amateur astronomer who served as President of RASC Hamilton Centre, administered the club’s equipment loan program and developed an introductory course called NOVA. Mizzi has also contributed to public outreach in Ontario, including neighborhood events, a children’s camp, libraries, and school classes

Congratulations Ed!

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