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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Asteroid (22456) Salopek

David Stephen Salopek (b. 1963) earned a Ph.D. in cosmology from the University of Toronto in 1989 and worked at the Universities of Cambridge and Alberta. Name suggested and citation prepared by Robert Jedicke and Peter Jedicke.

Orbit type: Main Belt 

Ref: MPC 101215

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Asteroid (21361) CarsonMark

Jordan Carson Mark was born on 1913-07-06 in Lindsay, Ontario. He did his undergraduate degree in mathematics and physics at the University of Western Ontario in 1935 and received a doctorate in mathematics from the University of Toronto in 1938. Then he taught mathematics at the University of Manitoba from 1938 until 1943, and spent two years at the Montreal laboratory of the National Research Council of Canada before going to Los Alamos National Laboratory in May 1945 as part of the Manhattan Project.

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Asteroid (21360) Bobduff

Robert Ian Duff (b. 1946-05-23) is an amateur astronomer who has served as Librarian and Outreach Coordinator for the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, London Centre. Bob won the Service Award in 2009 and the RASC Qilak Award in 2013. Name suggested and citation prepared by Robert Jedicke and Peter Jedicke.

Orbit type: Main Belt 

Ref: MPC 101215

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