On 30 June 2017, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) has given to our colleague Jan Cuypers his own asteroid.
Dr. Jan Cuypers, who left us on 28 February 2017, was immortalized with the planetoid (23689) Jancuypers.
The announcement has the following description: “Jan Cuypers (1956–2017) was an astronomer working at the Royal Observatory at Uccle. Involved in several public and astronomical duties at the observatory, he was very much appreciated by all his colleagues.”
The asteroid Jancuypers (23689) was discovered on 3 May 1997 by Eric W. Elst, astronomer at the Observatory, with the GPO astrograph of the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in La Silla (Chili).
More information about the asteroid Jancuypers on the Minor Planet Center website.
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