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(3061) Cook

Reference work entry

1982 UB1. Discovered 1982 Oct. 21 by E. Bowell at Anderson Mesa.

Named for James Cook (1728–1779), British circumnavigator and one of the first scientific navigators. He observed the solar eclipse of 1766 Aug. 5 from Newfoundland and in 1769 measured the transit of Venus from Tahiti. In 1761 he assisted the Astronomer Royal, Nevil Maskelyne, in tests of John Harrison’s fourth marine chronometer as a means of determining longitude at sea. (M 10846)

Name proposed by the discoverer following a suggestion by B. Hetherington. Cook is also honored by a lunar crater.

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