Sykes

1983 WR. Discovered 1983 Nov. 29 by E. Bowell at Anderson Mesa.

Named in honor of Mark V. Sykes, planetary scientist at the Steward Observatory of the University of Arizona, Tucson. Sykes was the first to suggest that the dust bands discovered in data from the Infrared Astronomical Satellite (IRAS) {see planet (3728)} were due to the catastrophic disruptions of small asteroids and comets. He has also discovered several additional dust bands, a second type of dust trail, and identified parent comets responsible for some of the IRAS dust trails. (M 18458)

Citation provided by E. F. Tedesco at the request of the discoverer.

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