Asteroid 26591 has been named after me!
In February 2010, I recieved a message from Rik Hill, a researcher with the Catalina Sky Survey in Tucson, Arizona, that main
belt asteroid 26591, previously known by the discovery designation of 2000 ET141, had been offcially named asteroid Robertreeves (26591).
Asteroid names have to be one single word, thus the contraction of my first and last name is proper in this case.
Needless to say, I was both shocked and thrilled. Every astronomer dreams of such an honor and I can't believe it has happened to me!
Asteroid Robertreeves resides between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter and is approximately 5.5 miles in diameter.
Asteroid 26591 was originally discovered in 1981, then lost. It was rediscovered in 1998, then lost again. It was then rediscovered again in 2000, and, you guessed it...it was lost again. Finally Rik Hill found it once
more using the 30-inch Schmidt camera on Mt. Lemon and a definite orbit was established preventing the asteroid from being lost again.
CLICK HERE to see a real time Java graphic of where asteroid Robertreeves is located relative to Earth.
CLICK HERE to see a full size version of the naming certificate.