Claytonsmith

1974 OD. Discovered 1974 July 19 at the Felix Aguilar Observatory at El Leoncito.

Named in memory of Clayton Albert Smith (19341993), a leading expert on astrometry. Smith was known for his work on stellar catalogues and for improving the celestial coordinate system. He was director of the Yale-Columbia Southern Observatory (now the Dr. Carlos U. Cesco Station) in El Leoncito from 1968 to 1970 and director of the U.S. Naval Observatory's Astrometry Department from 1992. (M 22497)

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