1982 VT. Discovered 1982 Nov. 15 by E. Bowell at Anderson Mesa.

Named in honor of Jurgen Rahe {1939-1997}, planetary scientist. Rahe was director of the Dr. Remeis Sternwarte and the Astronomisches Institut der Universitat Erlangen-Nurnberg, and is discipline scientist in the planetary science branch of NASA's Solar System Exploration Division. He is co-leader of the International Halley Watch and has been for a long time associated with the work of IAU Commission 15. While he has worked in a number of fields of astrophysics, Rahe is especially noted for his work on comets, both from the ground and with the International Ultraviolet Explorer, as well as for his two atlases of cometary morphology. His diplomatic leadership in the IAU and the IHW has been particularly important in projects requiring international cooperation. (M 12973)

Citation prepared by R. L. Newburn and S. J. Edberg at the request of the discoverer.

Obituaries published in Icarus, Vol. 131, No. 1, p. 1-3 (1998); Phys. Today, Vol. 50, No. 12, p. 92 (1997); Int. Comet Q., Vol. 19, No. 3, p. 154-155 (1987).

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