Milani

1986 VW6. Discovered 1986 Nov. 6 by E. Bowell at Anderson Mesa.

Named in honor of Andrea Milani of the University of Pisa for his contributions to understanding the dynamics of asteroid orbits and the use of sophisticated numerical techniques to investigate the long-term evolution of orbits in the solar system. Milani was a pioneer in applying massively parallel computers to a variety of problems in solar system dynamics, ranging from integration of outer planet orbits over timescales of hundreds of millions of years to the evolution of hundreds of asteroids moving on orbits crossing that of the earth and other planets. He contributed to the development of refined proper elements for more than 4000 mainbelt asteroids and to the identification of secular resonances throughout the solar system. His very intense and energetic style of doing research has resulted in an impressive number of contributions so far in his career. (M 18463)

Citation provided by Donald R. Davis at the request of the discoverer.

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