(3077) Henderson

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1982 SK. Discovered 1982 Sept. 22 by E. Bowell at Anderson Mesa.

Named for Thomas Henderson (1798–1844), Scottish astronomer and noted computer. He was appointed Royal Astronomer at the Cape of Good Hope and later Astronomer Royal for Scotland. Henderson computed an improved value for the solar parallax and was the first to measure the distance to a star, Alpha Centauri, in 1839. (M 10846)

Name proposed by the discoverer following a suggestion by B. Hetherington.

Henderson is also honored by a lunar crater.

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