Discovered 1916 Mar. 3 by M. F. Wolf at Heidelberg.

Named in honor of the American astronomer Edward Emerson Barnard (1857-1923), great observer and star photographer who discovered many double stars, 17 comets, the Jupiter satellite Amalthea (1892) and the high proper motion star which is named after him. (H 81; AN 215, 471 (1922))

Barnard is also honored by a lunar crater, a crater on the Mars surface and a region on the Jupiter satellite Ganymede.

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