Pamela M. Kilmartin
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Pamela M. Kilmartin

Pamela M. Kilmartin is a New Zealand astronomer and a co-discoverer of minor planets and comets.[2]

She is credited by the Minor Planet Center with the discovery of 41 asteroids, all in collaboration with her husband, the astronomer Alan C. Gilmore.[1] Both astronomers are also active comet-hunters. She is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand (RASNZ) and co-director of its "Comets and Minor Planets" section.[2][3]

The minor planet 3907 Kilmartin, discovered by Max Wolf in 1904, was named in her honour.[2] Naming citation was published on 21 April 1989 (M.P.C. 14482).[4] In 1983, the Eunomia asteroid 2537 Gilmore was already named after both, Alan and Pamela Gilmore.[5]

In May 2019 Kilmartin and her husband were honored by New Zealand Post with a stamp in its New Zealand Space Pioneers series.[6]

List of discovered minor planets

2434 Bateson [A] 27 May 1981
3087 Beatrice Tinsley [A] 30 August 1981
3152 Jones [A] 7 June 1983
3305 Ceadams [A] 21 May 1985
3400 Aotearoa [A] 2 April 1981
3521 Comrie [A] 26 June 1982
3563 Canterbury [A] 23 March 1985
3810 Aoraki [A] 20 February 1985
4154 Rumsey [A] 10 July 1985
4243 Nankivell [A] 4 April 1981
4248 Ranald [A] 23 April 1984
4409 Kissling [A] 30 June 1989
4819 Gifford [A] 24 May 1985
4837 Bickerton [A] 30 June 1989
[A] 15 April 1988
(5251) 1985 KA [A] 18 May 1985
[A] 3 April 1981
(5718) 1983 PB [A] 4 August 1983
(5763) 1982 MA [A] 23 June 1982
[A] 5 September 1989
(5898) 1985 KE [A] 23 May 1985
[A] 24 September 1989
(6034) 1987 JA [A] 5 May 1987
(6142) 1993 FP [A] 23 March 1993
[A] 23 April 1993
[A] 14 June 1988
[A] 12 February 1994
(9018) 1987 JG [A] 5 May 1987
[A] 8 July 1989
[A] 23 March 1993
[A] 29 July 1989
[A] 5 September 1989
[A] 4 April 1992
[A] 1 September 1989
[A] 29 July 1989
[A] 23 March 1993
[A] 14 April 1994
[A] 23 March 1993
[A] 1 September 1989
[A] 23 March 1993
[A] 4 August 2003
A co-discovered with Alan C. Gilmore

References

  1. ^ a b "Minor Planet Discoverers (by number)". Minor Planet Center. 23 May 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Schmadel, Lutz D. (2007). "(3907) Kilmartin". Dictionary of Minor Planet Names - (3907) Kilmartin. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. p. 332. doi:10.1007/978-3-540-29925-7_3896. ISBN 978-3-540-00238-3.
  3. ^ "Abstracts". Southern Stars. 42 (3): 5. September 2003. Archived from the original on 14 January 2015.
  4. ^ "MPC/MPO/MPS Archive". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 2016.
  5. ^ Schmadel, Lutz D. (2007). "(2537) Gilmore". Dictionary of Minor Planet Names - (2537) Gilmore. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. p. 207. doi:10.1007/978-3-540-29925-7_2538. ISBN 978-3-540-00238-3.
  6. ^ "New Zealand Post". New Zealand Space Pioneers. Retrieved 2019.



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