In the solar system, asteroids Slovakia, Tatra, Modra, Štúr, Kriváň, Kukučín and Satinsk orbit the Sun, among others.
slovak catholic Priest and Salesian Anton Serhulik It also has its place among the planets. Appointed by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) after September 20 Asteroid number 544541 Astronomer Peter Ferris of Harvard’s Minor Planet Center and the Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Boston reported the temporary designation WP73 for 2014.
The asteroid was discovered by amateur Slovak astronomer Stefan Korti of Novi Zamki with colleagues Kristian Sarnicki and Zoltan Kohli on March 24, 2011 at the Szeged University Observatory in Beskesteto. “By the label, I wanted to express my respect for Anton Serholk. He himself had problems, the system punished him, but he did not give up and helped others all his life. “ Kurti said.
The asteroid swarm orbits the Sun in the so-called main asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. The body revolves around the sun once every 5.18 years and is about two kilometers in diameter.
Slovak asteroid chandelier
The name, proposed by Kürti, was approved by the IAU Small Body Nomenclature working group and published in the prospectus along with 36 other names. So Srholec joined over 22000 named asteroid Of the more than 1.15 million small objects discovered in the Solar System so far. More than 100 asteroids bear names related to Slovakia. In the solar system, asteroids revolve around the sun around the sun. Slovakia, Tatra, Mudra, Otter, Krivac, Kokocin, Satinsky, Morgach, Revos, Dobcinsky, Podjavorinska and others.
The procedure for observing and naming an asteroid is relatively long. In order to temporarily identify an asteroid as a newly discovered object, they need at least two notes. “The asteroid must have sufficient observations to be able to calculate its orbit over a long period of time, such as the next hundred years.” Kurti explained.
He and his colleagues were the first to observe the new asteroid during one night, and by four observatories four days later. Further observations were followed only in 2014 – which is why this year also found itself in the initial name of the asteroid.
It is common for the same object to be observed by several astronomers or teams. “For those to whom the discovery is credited, then it is a kind of bonus that he is entitled to suggest the name of a new planet,” added Kürti, who already has more than 300 asteroid observations with the specified initial number. Of these, about ten asteroids have already been officially confirmed to him with the right to name them.
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