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(6434) Jewitt

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1981 OH. Discovered 1981 July 26 by E. Bowell at Anderson Mesa.

Named in honor of David Jewitt (1958– ) of the Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii. The consummate astronomer, Jewitt has been devoted to astronomy from a very early age. He has made several important contributions to planetary astronomy, starting with his discovery of the Jovian satellite Adrastea from Voyager data in 1979. He was co-recoverer of comet 1P/Halley in 1982. Jewitt is perhaps best known for co-discovering the first body in the Kuiper {see planet  (1776)} Belt in 1992, thus providing that accretion occurs beyond the planetary region. Jewitt’s main area of research is comets, but his wide-ranging interests have also produced work on planetary rings, minor planets, Pluto and circumstellar disks. (M 27462)

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