Monday, March 08, 2004

Congratulations Dr. Herbig!

It is our pleasure to announce that the March 6 batch of Minor Planet Circulars contains the citation for a new asteroid name that honors our own George Herbig. (11754) Herbig was previously known by its designation 2560 P-L, given to objects found in 1960 during the course of the Palomar-Leiden Survey. The citation:

Discovered 1960 Sept. 24 by C. J. van Houten and I. van Houten-Groeneveld on Palomar Schmidt plates taken by T. Gehrels. U.S. astronomer George Herbig (b. 1920), co-discoverer of Herbig-Haro objects, is a spectroscopist who has investigated young stars, star formation and the interstellar medium. At the Lick Observatory from 1948 to 1988, he now works at the University of Hawaii.