Cook

1982 UB1. Discovered 1982 Oct. 21 by E. Bowell at Anderson Mesa.

Named for James Cook (1728-1779), British circumnavigator and one of the first scientific navigators. He observed the solar eclipse of 1766 Aug. 5 from Newfoundland and in 1769 measured the transit of Venus from Tahiti. In 1761 he assisted the Astronomer Royal, Nevil Maskelyne, in tests of John Harrison's fourth marine chronometer as a means of determining longitude at sea. (M 10846)

Name proposed by the discoverer following a suggestion by B. Hetherington. Cook is also honored by a lunar crater.

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