(837) Schwarzschilda

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Discovered 1916 Sept. 23 by M. F. Wolf at Heidelberg.

Named in honor of the German astronomer Karl Schwarzschild (1873–1916), director of the Göttingen (1901) and Potsdam (1909) Observatories. He worked in photometry, geometrical optics, stellar statistics and theoretical astrophysics. (H 82)

Schwarzschild is also honored by a lunar crater. The Schwarzschild black hole, the Schwarzschild radius and the Schwarzschild telescope bear his name.

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