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Asteroid Jenniskens


An asteroid has been named for Leonid MAC principal investigator and SJAA member Dr. Peter Jenniskens.

The following citation was published in a recent Minor Planet Circular 47170 (20.11.2002). The asteroid was discovered by Petr Pravec of Ondrejov Observatory, who provided the text below.

(42981) Jenniskens = 1999 TY224 Discovered 1999 Oct. 2 at Ondrejov. Peter Jenniskens (b. 1962), meteor astronomer of NASA Ames, organized several successful airborne missions (Leonid multi-instrument aircraft campaigns) to observe the Leonid returns from 1998 to 2002. He has substantially improved our knowledge of the behavior of meteor streams.


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