Asteroid (5262) Brucegoldberg

Named in honor of Bruce A. Goldberg, scientist and astronomer at Caltech's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the USAF Phillips Laboratory, as well as friend and colleague of the discoverer. He received his Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia and has conducted research in modeling and spectroscopy of Io and comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner, on adaptive optics and as guest observer at a variety of telescopes throughout the world for over twenty years. Named endorsed by R. Bambery, K. Lawrence and his many friends at JPL.

On 1984-12-31, Dr. Goldberg on behalf of JPL, collaborated with Drs. A. Cook, I. Halliday, and B. McIntosh from the Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics, then located in Ottawa, and Dr. G.C.L. Aikman from the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory. Together they imaged the nucleus of Comet Halley with the RCA CCD installed on the f/8 Cassegrain focus of the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope on Mauna Kea. The brightness of the nucleus at the time was of 21st magnitude, less than 0.1% the brightness of Pluto.

Orbit type: Main Belt Asteroid

Reference: MPC 25653

1990 XB1
Disc. Date: 
Helin, E.F.
Disc. Place: