Sunday, January 10, 2010

January 10: Eugène Joseph Delporte

The Amor group of asteroids.

Eugène Joseph Delporte
January 10, 1872 – October 19, 1955

Eugène Joseph Delporte was a Belgian astronomer.

He discovered a total of sixty-six asteroids. Notable discoveries include 1221 Amor (which lent its name to the Amor asteroids) and the Apollo asteroid 2101 Adonis. He discovered or co-discovered some comets as well, including periodic comet 57P/du Toit-Neujmin-Delporte.

He worked in the Observatoire Royal de Belgique (Belgian Royal Observatory), situated in the town of Uccle (after which the asteroid 1276 Ucclia is named).

In 1930 he fixed the modern boundaries between all of the constellations in the sky, along lines of right ascension and declination for the epoch B1875.0.

The Lunar crater Delporte is named in his honor.

January 10: Simon Marius
The Astronomy Compendium: January 10

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