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(2628) Kopal

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1979 MS8. Discovered 1979 June 25 by E. F. Helin and S. J. Bus at Siding Spring.

Named in honor of Zdeněk Kopal {1914–1993}, astronomer, Czech-born chairman of the astronomy department of Victoria University, Manchester, during 1951–1981. A world authority on eclipsing variables, the Moon and the terrestrial planets, Kopal played a leading role in the exploration of the Moon in a NASA-sponsored program. (M 7158)

Name proposed by E. Helin, endorsed by E. M. Shoemaker.

Obituaries published in Bull. Am. Astron. Soc., Vol. 25, No. 4, p. 1498 (1993); Q.J.R. Astron. Soc., Vol. 35, No. 2, p. 229–230 (1994); Phys. Today, Vol. 47, No. 3, p. 80 (1994); Astrophys. Space Sci., Vol. 213, No. 2, p. 171–173 (1994).

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