Brian A. Skiff

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Minor planets discovered: 60 [1]
see § List of discovered minor planets

Brian A. Skiff is an American astronomer noted for discovering numerous asteroids and a number of comets including the periodic comets 114P/Wiseman–Skiff (with Jennifer Wiseman) and 140P/Bowell–Skiff (with Edward Bowell).

Biography[edit]

Between 1980 and 1997, he has also discovered a total 60 numbered minor planets,[1] including (15398) 1997 UZ23, a dark Jupiter trojan about 37 kilometers in diameter.[2][3] Working on the LONEOS project he rediscovered the long lost asteroid 69230 Hermes in October 2003 and the Apohele asteroid 2004 JG6 in May 2004. Skiff has worked as an Astronomer at Lowell Observatory since 1976,[4] he is also a volleyball player with the Mars Hill summer volleyball squad.

Awards and honors[edit]

The Florian main-belt asteroid 2554 Skiff was named in his honour,[5] the official naming citation was published by the Minor Planet Center on 8 April 1982 (M.P.C. 6834).[6]

List of discovered minor planets[edit]

2525 O'Steen 2 November 1981 list
2557 Putnam 26 September 1981 list[A]
2588 Flavia 2 November 1981 list
2864 Soderblom 12 January 1983 list
2881 Meiden 12 January 1983 list
3140 Stellafane 9 January 1983 list
3153 Lincoln 28 September 1984 list
3154 Grant 28 September 1984 list
3155 Lee 28 September 1984 list
3256 Daguerre 26 September 1981 list[A]
3325 TARDIS 3 May 1984 list
3434 Hurless 2 November 1981 list
3505 Byrd 9 January 1983 list
3617 Eicher 2 June 1984 list
3637 O'Meara 23 October 1984 list
3684 Berry 9 January 1983 list
3706 Sinnott 28 September 1984 list
3807 Pagels 26 September 1981 list[A]
3819 Robinson 12 January 1983 list
3841 Dicicco 4 November 1983 list
3872 Akirafujii 12 January 1983 list
4078 Polakis 9 January 1983 list
4147 Lennon 12 January 1983 list
4149 Harrison 9 March 1984 list
4150 Starr 31 August 1984 list
4193 Salanave 26 September 1981 list[A]
4201 Orosz 3 May 1984 list
4336 Jasniewicz 31 August 1984 list
4690 Strasbourg 9 January 1983 list
4692 SIMBAD 4 November 1983 list
4932 Texstapa 9 March 1984 list
5460 Tsénaat'a'í 12 January 1983 list
5945 Roachapproach 28 September 1984 list
6083 Janeirabloom 25 September 1984 list
6115 Martinduncan 25 September 1984 list
6173 Jimwestphal 9 January 1983 list
6229 Tursachan 4 November 1983 list
6370 Malpais 9 March 1984 list
6690 Messick 25 September 1981 list
7393 Luginbuhl 28 September 1984 list
7863 Turnbull 2 November 1981 list
8147 Colemanhawkins 28 September 1984 list
8994 Kashkashian 6 November 1980 list
10039 Keet Seel 2 June 1984 list
10715 Nagler 11 September 1983 list
11823 Christen 2 November 1981 list
(11831) 1984 SF3 28 September 1984 list
13001 Woodney 2 November 1981 list
13006 Schwaar 12 January 1983 list
(13487) 1981 VN 2 November 1981 list
(15398) 1997 UZ23 30 October 1997 list
(29127) 1985 FF2 24 March 1985 list
(30769) 1984 ST2 25 September 1984 list
(43754) 1983 AA 9 January 1983 list
(58621) 1997 UR23 27 October 1997 list
(90947) 1997 UD24 30 October 1997 list
(100634) 1997 UE24 30 October 1997 list
(147952) 1984 BY3 26 January 1984 list
(152649) 1997 UX22 25 October 1997 list
(257528) 1997 UY22 25 October 1997 list
Co-discovery made with:
A N. G. Thomas

See also[edit]

Works[edit]

  • Observing Handbook and Catalogue of Deep-Sky Objects By Christian B. Luginbuhl, Brian A. Skiff
  • Long-term solar brightness changes estimated from a survey of Sun-like stars G. W. Lockwood, Brian A. Skiff, Sallie L. Baliunas & Richard R. Radick

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Minor Planet Discoverers (by number)". Minor Planet Center. 2 April 2018. Retrieved 14 April 2018. 
  2. ^ "15398 (1997 UZ23)". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 31 March 2016. 
  3. ^ "LCDB Data for (15398)". Asteroid Lightcurve Database (LCDB). Retrieved 31 March 2016. 
  4. ^ Brian Skiff at Lowell Observatory
  5. ^ Schmadel, Lutz D. (2007). "(2554) Skiff". Dictionary of Minor Planet Names – (2554) Skiff. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. p. 209. doi:10.1007/978-3-540-29925-7_2555. ISBN 978-3-540-00238-3. Retrieved 31 March 2016. 
  6. ^ "MPC/MPO/MPS Archive". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 14 April 2018.