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Asteroids 26591 and 26592 have been named after Robert and Mary Reeves!

26951 Robertreeves

In 2010, main belt asteroid 26591, previously known by the discovery designation of 2000 ET141, was offcially named asteroid Robertreeves (26591). Asteroid 26591 Robertreeves is a main belt asteroid in a four-year orbit between Mars and Jupiter and is approximately five miles in diameter. Asteroid 26591 was originally discovered in 1981, then lost. It was rediscovered in 1998, then lost again. It was rediscovered again in 2000, and, you guessed it... was lost again. Rik Hill with the Catalina Sky Survey recovered it once more in 2000 using the .7-meter Schmidt telescope on Mt. Lemon, Arizona. This time a definite orbit was established preventing the asteroid from being lost again. CLICK HERE to see a real time Java graphic of where asteroid 26591Robertreeves is located relative to Earth.

Robert Vernon Reeves (b. 1946)
Namesake of asteroid 26591 Robertreeves


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26592 Maryrenfro

In 2013, main belt asteroid 26592, previously known by the discovery designation of 2000 EE144, was offcially named asteroid Maryrenfro (26591). Asteroid 26592 Maryrenfro is also a main belt asteroid with a 4.4 year orbit between Mars and Jupiter and is approximately 5.5 kilometers in diameter. Asteroid 26592 was originally discovered in 1980, then lost. It was rediscovered in 2000 by Rik Hill with the Catalina Sky Survey .7-meter Schmidt telescope on Mt. Lemon, Arizona. CLICK HERE to see a real time Java graphic of where asteroid 26592 Maryrenfro is located relative to Earth.

Although asteroid 26592 is named after Mary Reeves, the I. A. U. did not want two "Reeves" names in a row on the asteroid listing. Since I very much wanted "our" asteroids to be in serial number order, it was necessary to use Mary's maiden name of Renfro in order to keep the sequential listing. As far as I know, Robert and Mary Reeves are the only husband and wife team with sequentially numbered asteroids. 26592 Maryrenfro is in a slightly larger orbit than 26591 Robertreeves, thus for etrnity 26591 Robertreeves will chase 26592 Maryrenfro around the Sun and every 10 years they pass each other.

Mary Renfro Reeves (b. 1957)
Namesake of asteroid 26592 Maryrenfro


The 28-inch Schmidt Telescope on Mt. Lemon, Arizona

Robert Reeves stands with the .7-meter Schmidt telescope on Mt. Lemon, Arizona. This telescope, operated by Rik Hill for the University of Arizona's Catalina Sky Survey, was the discovery instrument used to find asteroids 26591 Robertreeves and 26592 Maryrenfro.

Photo by Steve Larson

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