Joemontani

1992 HX. Discovered 1992 Apr. 24 by the Spacewatch at Kitt Peak.

Named in honor of Joseph L. Montani (1952- ), instrumentalist, optics expert and observer with the Spacewatch project of the University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory. While making observations for Spacewatch he discovered comets P/1997 G1, C/1997 G2 and C/1998 M6 and more than 16 near-earth objects. Prior to joining the Spacewatch group, he made millimeter-wave observations of CO in the Magellanic Clouds, Orion and Monoceros, did high-resolution infrared spectroscopy of solar-system objects from the Kuiper Airborne Observatory and made a laboratory study of volatiles in asteroidal surface minerals. (M 33789)

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