Our asteroids

Asteroid names are proposed by their discoverers after determining the precise orbit of the object (this prevents the objects getting “lost” after prolonged lack of follow-up observations). A proposed name must include a short justification. Proposed names are evaluated by Small Bodies Nomenclature Committee (CSBN), part of the International Astronomical Union (IAU). New asteroid names are officially in force after their publication in the Minor Planet Circular. Below are the names of asteroids associated with Poznań and the employees of our Observatory. Names contain the following fields:

(Number) Name = temporary designation, date and place of the discovery, the discoverer

1572 Posnania (1949 SC)
Discovered 1949-Sep-22 by Dobrzycki, J. and Kwiek, A.
Discovered at Poznan Observatory and named after the city where it was discovered.

7747 Michałowski
Discovered 1987 Sept. 19 by E. Bowell at the Anderson Mesa Station of the Lowell Observatory.
Named in honor of Tadeusz Michałowski (b. 1954), Polish astronomer at the Astronomical Observatory of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. Michałowski developed a formalism for computing the pole orientation, shape and sidereal rotation period of a minor planet, incorporating both the magnitude and timing information contained in lightcurve observations, in a simultaneous least-squares solution. This method, or methods similar to it, are now widely used standard analysis tools, and they have greatly improved the quality of such determinations. Name suggested by H. Rickman, citation prepared by A. W. Harris.

7789 Kwiatkowski
Discovered 1994 Dec. 2 by E. Bowell at Palomar.
Named in honor of Tomasz Kwiatkowski, Polish astronomer at the Astronomical Observatory of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. Kwiatkowski specializes in detailed photometric observations of minor planets and the computation of shape and pole orientations from lightcurves. Name suggested by H. Rickman, citation provided by A. W. Harris.

10470 Bartczak
Discovered 1981 Mar. 2 by S. J. Bus at Siding Spring.
Przemysław Bartczak (b. 1974) is a researcher at the Astronomical Observatory of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland who studies asteroid lightcurve inversion techniques that yield both convex and non-convex shape and spin solutions.

10471 Marciniak
Discovered 1981 Mar. 2 by S. J. Bus at Siding Spring.
Anna Marciniak (b. 1979) is a researcher at the Astronomical Observatory of the Adam Mickiewic University in Poznan, Poland studying the spin and shape properties of long-period main-belt asteroids.

10472 Santana-Ros
Discovered 1981 Mar. 2 by S. J. Bus at Siding Spring.
Toni Santana-Ros (b. 1984) is a postdoctoral researcher at the Astronomical Observatory of the Adam Mickiewic University in Poznan, Poland where he performs photometric measurements of small bodies in support of the Gaia mission.

16406 Oszkiewicz
Discovered 1985 Aug. 14 by E. Bowell at the Anderson Mesa Station of the Lowell Observatory.
Dagmara Oszkiewicz (b. 1982) is a postdoctoral researcher at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland. Her minor-planet research includes analyzing photometric phase curves, spectroscopic observations and developing statistical orbital inversion methods.

21776 Kryszczynska
Discovered 1999 Sept. 5 by the Lowell Observatory Near-Earth Object Search at the Anderson Mesa Station.
Agnieszka Kryszczynska (b. 1965) is a planetary scientist at Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań. Using photometry, she has studied the physical properties of minor planets. She discovered the binary nature of (809) Lundia and maintains a database of the pole coordinates and shapes of minor planets.

24441 Jopek
Discovered 2000 Mar. 27 by the Lowell Observatory Near-Earth Object Search at the Anderson Mesa Station.
Tadeusz J. Jopek (b. 1951) is a professor at Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland. He has developed cluster analysis methods to identify meteoroid streams, and how they are associated with near-Earth asteroids.

25052 Rudawska
Discovered 1998 Aug. 27 by the Lowell Observatory Near-Earth Object Search at the Anderson Mesa Station.
Regina Rudawska (b. 1979) is a postdoctoral fellow at Comenius University in Bratislava. Her contributions include developing new tools for finding similarity among meteoroid orbits and identifying new meteoroid streams and their associated parent bodies.

72447 Polińska
Discovered 2001 Feb. 16 by P. Pravec and L. Sarounova at Ondrejov.
Magdalena Polińska (b. 1981) is an assistant professor researcher at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland. She specializes in photometric observations of minor solar system bodies. Her current reseach interests also include stellar spectroscopy and abundance analysis.