Frank B. Zoltowski
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Frank B. Zoltowski
Frank B. Zoltowski
Born1957
Pennsylvania
Years active1997-2003
Known fordiscovery of minor planets
Parent(s)Frank Zoltowski, Constance Zoltowski

Frank B. Zoltowski (born 1957) is an Australian amateur astronomer and prolific discoverer of minor planets who lives in Woomera, South Australia. In 1998, he was awarded a "Gene Shoemaker NEO Grant" for improved near-Earth object searches.[2][3]

Zoltowski conducts these searches from his home with a charge-coupled device camera.[2] He is a prolific discoverer of asteroids. He authored CCDTRACK, a computer program that auto-guides electronically controlled telescopes by tracking a user-selected celestial object.

He is mentioned in NASA's asteroid tracking database as an observer for asteroid .[4] Astronomers at the Minor Planet Center used Zoltowski's work to work out an estimated approach distance for of 56,500 kilometers, and a closest approach date of Aug 7, 2027.[5] It was thought to potentially crash into Earth.[6][7][8]

The main-belt asteroid 18292 Zoltowski, discovered at the Agassiz Station of the Harvard College Observatory in 1977, was named in his honor.[3] The naming citation was published on 9 May 2001 (M.P.C. 42676).[9]

List of discovered minor planets

Frank Zoltowski is credited by the Minor Planet Center for the discovery of 228 numbered minor planets between 1997 and 2003.[1]

8430 Florey 25 December 1997 list
10203 Flinders 1 August 1997 list
11150 Bragg 21 December 1997 list
11195 Woomera 15 January 1999 list
11212 Tebbutt 18 April 1999 list
11356 Chuckjones 18 December 1997 list
12102 Piazzolla 5 May 1998 list
19 May 1998 list
18 March 1998 list
27 April 1998 list
23 August 1998 list
1 September 1998 list
27 November 1998 list
11 September 1998 list
23 September 1998 list
19 October 1998 list
25 October 1998 list
12 January 1999 list
1 August 1997 list
3 September 1997 list
15 November 1997 list
20 September 1998 list
31 October 1997 list
11 December 1998 list
21 September 1997 list
19 December 1997 list
24 January 1999 list
22 December 1997 list
27 March 1998 list
12 September 1998 list
11 February 2000 list
18 November 1997 list
18 February 1998 list
18 March 1998 list
22 April 1998 list
5 May 1998 list
10 April 1999 list
24 January 1998 list
18 April 1999 list
6 January 1998 list
18 February 1998 list
24 March 1998 list
25 April 1998 list
27 April 1998 list
16 June 1998 list
23 May 1999 list
23 June 1999 list
5 April 1998 list
24 May 1998 list
11 July 1998 list
10 June 1999 list
23 June 1999 list
24 June 1999 list
30 September 1999 list
4 April 1998 list
1 September 1998 list
23 May 1998 list
22 June 1998 list
25 June 1998 list
16 December 1998 list
24 January 1999 list
25 May 1998 list
23 August 1998 list
1 September 1998 list
28 September 1997 list
8 August 1998 list
15 August 1998 list
25 August 1998 list
11 March 2000 list
4 April 1998 list
20 September 1998 list
16 December 1998 list
29 October 1997 list
1 November 1997 list
29 November 1998 list
12 January 1999 list
10 February 1999 list
20 February 1998 list
14 April 1999 list
18 April 1999 list
27 November 1997 list
16 January 1999 list
9 February 1999 list
10 February 1999 list
13 March 1999 list
17 September 1998 list
13 April 1999 list
6 May 1999 list
27 December 1997 list
27 March 1998 list
30 March 1998 list
16 May 1998 list
17 August 1998 list
19 April 1999 list
10 June 1999 list
24 March 1998 list
24 March 1998 list
5 April 1998 list
5 May 1998 list
13 April 1999 list
16 April 1999 list
17 April 1999 list
20 January 1998 list
4 April 1998 list
4 July 1999 list
29 September 1999 list
17 March 1998 list
15 May 1998 list
12 August 1998 list
17 August 1998 list
1 September 1998 list
20 March 1998 list
15 May 1998 list
25 June 1998 list
1 September 1998 list
29 November 1998 list
25 August 1998 list
16 September 1998 list
20 September 1997 list
26 September 1997 list
24 December 1997 list
17 June 1998 list
14 August 1998 list
21 August 1998 list
1 September 1998 list
12 September 1998 list
20 October 1998 list
24 May 2000 list
29 October 1997 list
4 November 1997 list
25 June 1998 list
14 August 1998 list
22 January 1999 list
3 September 1997 list
20 November 1997 list
24 January 1998 list
15 December 1998 list
26 April 1999 list
16 May 1999 list
13 August 1998 list
12 April 1999 list
12 April 1999 list
17 April 1999 list
18 June 1999 list
23 June 1999 list
9 March 2000 list
4 April 1998 list
17 July 1998 list
12 May 1999 list
21 August 1998 list
23 September 1998 list
12 May 1999 list
22 June 1999 list
24 June 1999 list
10 July 1999 list
13 September 1999 list
2 October 1999 list
3 October 1999 list
27 February 2000 list
20 March 1998 list
2 April 1998 list
22 April 1998 list
22 June 1998 list
3 July 1998 list
11 July 1998 list
28 August 1998 list
29 November 1998 list
1 May 1999 list
2 February 2000 list
21 April 2002 list
16 June 1998 list
16 June 1998 list
23 May 1999 list
2 February 2000 list
10 December 2002 list
27 July 1997 list
14 August 1998 list
3 September 1998 list
15 April 1999 list
22 August 1997 list
25 April 1998 list
22 June 1999 list
9 July 1999 list
24 June 2000 list
28 March 1998 list
10 June 1999 list
3 January 1998 list
15 May 1998 list
8 December 1998 list
2 June 1999 list
29 April 2000 list
7 May 2002 list
9 December 2002 list
31 December 2002 list
12 April 1999 list
17 August 1998 list
21 April 1999 list
10 September 1999 list
3 February 2000 list
18 April 1999 list
23 June 1999 list
26 September 2000 list
11 September 1999 list
1 March 2000 list
9 March 2000 list
30 January 2000 list
27 March 1998 list
12 May 1999 list
18 December 1998 list
5 May 1998 list
26 June 1998 list
5 January 2003 list
26 September 2000 list
5 June 1999 list
1 September 1998 list
11 July 1998 list
26 August 1998 list
31 January 2003 list
16 July 1999 list
11 March 2000 list
11 May 2002 list
10 February 1999 list
24 June 2000 list
1 January 2003 list
4 March 2000 list
24 September 1998 list
5 January 2003 list
14 August 1998 list
(483407) 1999 SL|1 16 September 1999* list

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Minor Planet Discoverers (by number)". Minor Planet Center. 4 September 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  2. ^ a b "The 1998 Gene Shoemaker NEO Grant Recipients". The Planetary Society. 1998. Archived from the original on 2009-01-07. Retrieved .
  3. ^ a b Schmadel, Lutz D. (2007). "(18292) Zoltowski". Dictionary of Minor Planet Names - (18292) Zoltowski. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. p. 851. doi:10.1007/978-3-540-29925-7_9487. ISBN 978-3-540-00238-3.
  4. ^ "Asteroid 1998 QE2 some observations by F. B. Zoltowski". NASA.
  5. ^ "Close shave with asteroid 1999 AN10". BBC.
  6. ^ "World's end". New Scientist. 29 May 1999. Retrieved .
  7. ^ "Asteroid, Inbound, 2044 AD". Wired.
  8. ^ "Planetary Society Grant Recipient Tracks Intriguing Near Earth Object". Science Daily.
  9. ^ "MPC/MPO/MPS Archive". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 2016.

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