Valsecchi

1981 EA11. Discovered 1981 Mar. 1 by S. J. Bus at Siding Spring.

Named in honor of Giovanni B. Valsecchi, of the Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale, Rome. Valsecchi's work on the dynamical effects of the outer planets, principally Jupiter, on cometary orbits gave new insight to the existence of temporary captures and the evolution of cometary orbits. This work is summarized in the first Atlas of Orbital Patterns at Close Encounters, of which he is a co-author. He was one of the first, together with Andrea Carusi {see planet (4700)}, to recognize the difficulties in reliably identifying asteroid

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