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(2452) Lyot

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1981 FE. Discovered 1981 Mar. 30 by E. Bowell at Anderson Mesa.

Named in memory of the French astronomer Bernard Lyot (1897–1952). One of the outstanding experimental astronomers of the twentieth century, Lyot invented the solar coronagraph and the birefringent filter. He developed the study of the polarization of light from planets to a perfection that has hardly been surpassed. (M 6531)

Lyot is also honored by craters on Mars and the Moon.

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