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Armagh Astronomer’s Asteroid Discovered to be Double

12 Feb 2013, 10:12 UTC
Armagh Astronomer’s Asteroid Discovered to be Double
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Nearly 50 years ago, Dr David Andrews, a former Astronomer
at the Armagh Observatory, discovered a new minor planet or
asteroid. It was discovered on the night of 25th January 1965,
and the object eventually received an official number (1727) and
the name "Mette", named by the discoverer in honour of his
wife, "for her tolerance of my nocturnal working hours and for
the many months spent away from home". Very recently,
astronomers B. Warner, R. Stephens and A. Harris, working in
the USA, have reported CCD photometric observations of the
same asteroid, which suggest that the object is a double or
binary system.

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