Lutz

1985 RZ1. Discovered 1985 Sept. 12 by E. Bowell at Anderson Mesa.

Named in honor of Barry L. Lutz (1944- ), professor of physics and astronomy and currently department chair at Northern Arizona University. Raised in H. L. Mencken's "Red Lion, PA", Lutz entered a career in astrophysical sciences in which he applied his training in molecular spectroscopy to astronomical objects ranging from comets to planets to stars. He was responsible for the discovery of diatomic carbon in the interstellar medium, providing important confirmation of ion-molecule chemistry in interstellar clouds. He was also codiscoverer of the pressured-induced Lutz-Dressler band of molecular nitrogen and of deuterated methane and carbon monoxide in the atmosphere of Titan. (M 33788)

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