(2044) Wirt

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1950 VE. Discovered 1950 Nov. 8 by C. A. Wirtanen at Mount Hamilton.

Named in honor of Carl A. Wirtanen {1910–1990}, known for his discovery of several comets and minor planets and for his contribution to the Shane-Wirtanen survey of galaxies. He contributed to astrometric and other programs of the Lick Observatory for 33 years, including the proper-motion program with respect to galaxies. (M 5688)

Name proposed by A. R. Klemola.

Obituary published in Bull. Am. Astron. Soc., Vol. 23, No. 4, p. 1495–1496 (1991).

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