Polonskaya

1973 SB3. Discovered 1973 Sept. 22 by N. S. Chernykh at Nauchnyj.

Named in honor of Elena Ivanovna Kazimirchak-Polonskaya {1902-1992}, a prominent researcher on cometary motion and the evolution of cometary orbits. She has demonstrated with numerous examples the possibility of the formation of typical short-period cometary orbits from the capture of comets by major planets. In 1968 she was awarded the F. A. Bredikhin {see planet (786)} prize by the U.S.S.R. Academy of Sciences for her considerable contributions to cometary astronomy. She is a member ofthe organizing committee of IAU Commission 20. (M 4481)

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