Asteroid (22421) Jamesedgar

James Somerville Edgar (b. 1946) spent 40 years as a Locomotive Engineer and rail Supervisor. He became President of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada in 2014. Name suggested by R. and P. Jedicke.
Orbit type: Main Belt

Ref: MPC 102253/4

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JRASC 2016 December

Inside This Issue

Percival Lowell’s Last Year
Newbie No More

Plus all the regular columnists.

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Asteroid (7150) McKellar

In 1941, Andrew McKellar (1910–1960) measured the temperature of interstellar space as about 2.7 Kelvin, based of the rotational spectrum of the cyanogen molecule. This radiation temperature arises from the cosmic primeval fireball and is one of the most fundamental and revealing cosmic parameters.

Ref: MPC 69491

Orbit type: Main Belt 

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Asteroid (230691) Van Vogt

Alfred Elton Van Vogt (1912–2000) was a Canadian-born science-fiction writer. The discoverer’s favorite stories are the three novels based on General Semantics: The World of Null-A, The Pawns of Null-A and The Null-A Three, together with The Voyage of The Space Beagle, published in 1950.

Ref: MPC 69496

Orbit type: Main Belt

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Asteroid (292051) Bohlender

Through high-resolution spectroscopy, David Bohlender (b. 1959) has greatly increased understanding of hot, peculiar stars, stellar magnetic fields and diffuse interstellar bands.

Orbit type: Main Belt 

Ref: MPC 78272

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Paul Gray

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The Sky This Month - November 2016

Cassiopeia

One of the most iconic asterisms in northern skies is the famous “W” Cassiopeia the Queen. Mythology states she was extremely vain and with the help of King Cepheus, was about to sacrifice their daughter Andromeda to appease the god. But the tale is not bleak as she was saved by Perseus. The five bright stars that make up Cassiopeia can be seen any time of year from Canadian soil as this is a circumpolar constellation.

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Explore the Moon

Explore the Moon is a new beginner's observing program (with certificate) that RASC is officially launching today!

http://www.rasc.ca/observing/explore-the-moon-observing-certificate

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Asteroid (130069) Danielgaudreau

Daniel Gaudreau (b. 1969) is the Lead Systems Engineer for the OSIRIS-REx Lidar Altimeter instrument. He also had that role on the JWST Fine Guidance Sensor, in addition to Software Systems Engineer. He was also involved as a Ground Segment Project Engineer on the Canadian Space Station Program.

Orbit type: Main Belt 

Ref: MPC 101216

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Asteroid (22494) Trillium

Since 1937, the White Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum) has been the official flower of Canada’s province of Ontario, where it is often found in forests. Name suggested and citation prepared by Robert Jedicke and Peter Jedicke.

Orbit type: Main Belt 

Ref: MPC 101215

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