Vokrouhlicky

1981 WH. Discovered 1981 Nov. 20 by E. Bowell at Anderson Mesa.

Named in honor of David Vokrouhlicky (1966- ), a Czech physicist at Charles University, Prague, who has developed new physical models for the nongravitational forces acting on small minor planets and meteoroids. In particular, Vokrouhlickyi has studied the so-called Yarkovsky effect, which causes a slow orbital drift into main-belt resonances and is an important mechanism for transporting meteorites to Earth. (M 35486) Name proposed and citation written by P. Farinella.

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