Thomasmuller

1979 QX. Discovered 1979 Aug. 22 by C.-I. Lagerkvist at La Silla.

Named in honor of Thomas G. Muller for his contribution to the study of minor planets in the thermal infrared. His observational work includes mid- to far-infrared photometry, spectroscopy and polarimetry with the Infrared Space Observatory. He has developed and applied various thermophysical models and techniques, in order to derive physical properties of minor planets. Because of the great accuracy he achieved, future telescope projects in the infrared will also benefit from these efforts, since minor planets are well suited as calibration targets. (M 33389)

Name proposed and citation prepared by J. S. V. Lagerros.

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