Bohsternberk

1984 BS. Discovered 1984 Jan. 27 by A. Mrkos at Klet. Named in memory of Bohumil Sternberk (1897-1983), outstanding Czech astronomer and astrophysicist. He worked in a wide variety of fields, including photometry of variable stars, and he established the modern time service in Czechoslovakia. On the evening of 1930 Mar. 18, at the Stara Dala Observatory (O'Gyalla {see planet (1259)}, now Hurbanovo), he made the first deliberate astrometric observations of Pluto in Europe. SSternberk served as long-time director of the Astronomical Institute of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences (1954-1968) and as a vice-president of the IAU (1958-1964). (M 34628)

Name suggested by J. Tichaa, M. Tichya and Z. Moravec, who made observations of this minor planet at KleSt during its oppositions in 1997 and 1998.

Obituaries published in Rise hvezd, Vol. 64, p. 106107 (1983); Vesmir, Vol. 62, p. 156 (1983); Q.J.R. Astron. Soc., Vol. 25, No. 3, p. 379-380 (1984); Bull. Astron. Inst. Czech., Vol. 34, No. 4, p. 193-194 (1983).

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