(5703) Hevelius

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1931 VS. Discovered 1931 Nov. 15 by K. Reinmuth at Heidelberg.

Named in memory of the eminent astronomer Johannes Hevelius (1611–1687), brewer and city councillor of Danzig, now Gdansk. After studies at Leiden, London, Paris and Avignon he erected a private observatory and was an ardent observer. His Selenographia (1647), which contains detailed lunar maps obtained with long refractors, made him well-known. Further important works include Cometographia, Machina coelestis (astrometric observations of stars and planets), Annus climactericus, the Star Atlas and the Star Catalogue based on measurements with Tychonic-type quadrants and sextants. Hevelius’ second wife, Catharina Elisabeth, was one of the first female astronomers. (M 24122)

Name proposed by J. Wünsch and L. D. Schmadel.

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