Weidenschilling

1985 TX. Discovered 1985 Oct. 15 by E. Bowell at Anderson Mesa.

Named in honor of Stuart J. Weidenschilling, research scientist at the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson. Weidenschilling is a noted expert in the study of the origin of the solar system, and his research has also included collisional evolution of minor planets. He and colleagues are conducting a program of "photometric geodesy" to model the shapes of large, rapidly rotating minor planets from extensive lightcurve observations. (M 12459)

Citation written by R. P. Binzel at the request of the discoverer.

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