Carusi

1986 VV6. Discovered 1986 Nov. 6 by E. Bowell at Anderson Mesa.

Named in honor of Andrea Carusi, Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale, in recognition of his work on the dynamics of cometary orbits and studies of the identification of asteroid families. Carusi was one of the first to use numerical techniques to study the effects of close planetary encounters in changing cometary orbits and was a principal contributor to the atlas of orbital patterns at close encounters. He identified many cases of temporary satellite capture about Jupiter and was the first, together with Giovanni Valsecchi {see planet (3725)}, to recognize the importance of near-tangent orbits in the case of close planetary encounters. He was also one of the first to apply the technique of numerical cluster analysis to the problem of the identification of asteroid families, and his early result on the number of families has withstood the test of time. His enthusiasm for solar system studies has led him to deliver many popular talks on a variety of topics in planetary science for the general public. (M 18462)

Citation provided by Donald R. Davis at the request of the discoverer.

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