David L. Rabinowitz

David Lincoln Rabinowitz
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David Lincoln Rabinowitz working at the NEAT-Project
Born1960 (age 57–58)
Alma materYale University
University of Chicago
Known forCo-discoverer of the new population of dwarf planets in the outer solar system
Scientific career
FieldsAstrophysics
InstitutionsYale University's Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics
University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory
Thesis (1988)
Websitephysics.yale.edu/people/david-rabinowitz

David Lincoln Rabinowitz (born 1960) is an American astronomer, discoverer of minor planets and researcher at Yale University.

He has built CCD cameras and software for the detection of near-Earth and Kuiper belt objects,[1] and his research has helped reduce the assumed number of near-Earth asteroids larger than 1 km by half, from 1,000–2,000 to 500–1,000[2] He has also assisted in the detection of distant solar system objects, supernovae, and quasars, thereby helping to understand the origin and evolution of the solar system and the dark energy driving the accelerated expansion of the universe.

Collaborating with Michael Brown and Chad Trujillo of the Quasar Equatorial Survey Team, he has participated in the discovery of several plutoids such as 90377 Sedna (possibly the first known inner Oort cloud object), 90482 Orcus,[3] Eris (more massive than Pluto[4]), Haumea,[5] and Makemake,[6] although he would not get credit for Haumea.

Together with Tom Gehrels of the University of Arizona and his Spacewatch team, Rabinowitz discovered or co-discovered other astronomical objects including 5145 Pholus[7] (credited by the MPC to Spacewatch[8]) and 1991 BA (uncredited yet[9]).

The minor planet 5040 Rabinowitz, a Phocaea asteroid discovered by Tom Gehrels at Palomar Observatory in 1972, was named in his honor and for his work at Spacewatch.[10]

Discovered minor planets: 30 [11] (selection)
DesignationDateNote / Ref
90377 SednaNovember 142003[1][2] MPC
90482 OrcusFebruary 172004[1][2] MPC
32July 262003[1][2] MPC
364October 32004[1][2] MPC
136199 ErisOctober 212003[1][2] MPC
136472 MakemakeMarch 312005[1][2] MPC
115August 72004[1][2] MPC
(187661) 2007 JG43May 102007[1][3] MPC
10July 172007[1][3] MPC
(305543) 2008 QY40August 252008[1][3] MPC
(312645) 2010 EP65March 92010[4] MPC
65March 72010[4] MPC
(349933) 2009 YF7December 192009 –    MPC
(353222) 2009 YD7December 162009 –    MPC
(382004) 2010 RM64September 92010[3][4] MPC
7December 172009 –    MPC
98November 112010[3][4] MPC
(471136) 2010 EO65March 92010[4] MPC
(471137) 2010 ET65March 132010[4] MPC
(471149) 2010 FB49March 172010[4] MPC
(471150) 2010 FC49March 182010[4] MPC
(471151) 2010 FD49March 192010[4] MPC
(471152) 2010 FE49March 192010[4] MPC
(471155) 2010 GF65April 142010[4] MPC
(471172) 2010 JC80May 122010[4] MPC
(471196) 2010 PK66August 142010[3][4] MPC
(471210) 2010 VW11November 32010[3][4] MPC
(496816) 1989 UPOctober 271989[5] MPC
(499522) 2010 PL66August 142010[3][4] MPC
(504555) 2008 SO266September 242008[1][3] MPC
1 co-discovered with Michael E. Brown
2 co-discovered with Chad Trujillo
3 co-discovered with Megan E. Schwamb
4 co-discovered with Suzanne W. Tourtellotte
5 co-discovered with James V. Scotti
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References

  1. ^ "David Rabinowitz overview". Archived from the original on 2005-11-06. 
  2. ^ Jane Platt (12 January 2000). "Asteroid population count slashed". NASA. Retrieved 1 July 2016. 
  3. ^ David Whitehouse (3 March 2004). "New world found far beyond Pluto". BBC NEWS - Science/Nature. Retrieved 1 July 2016. 
  4. ^ Brown, Michael E.; Schaller, Emily L. (June 2007). "The Mass of Dwarf Planet Eris". Science. 316 (5831): 1585. 2007Sci...316.1585B. 10.1126/science.1139415. 17569855. Retrieved 1 July 2016. 
  5. ^ M. E. Brown, A. H. Bouchez, D. L. Rabinowitz, R. Sari, C. A. Trujillo, M. A. van Dam, R. Campbell, J. Chin, S. Hartman, E. Johansson, R. Lafon, D. LeMignant, P. Stomski, D. Summers, P. L. Wizinowich, Keck Observatory laser guide star adaptive optics discovery and characterization of a satellite to large Kuiper belt object 2003 EL61, The Astrophysical Journal Letters, 632, L45 (October 2005)
  6. ^ Mike Baldwin. "Eris: dwarf planet larger than Pluto". memphisgeology. Retrieved 1 July 2016. 
  7. ^ "Pholus (minor planet 5145)". David Darling. Retrieved 1 July 2016. 
  8. ^ "5145 Pholus (1992 AD)". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 1 July 2016. 
  9. ^ "1991 BA". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 1 July 2016. 
  10. ^ Schmadel, Lutz D. (2007). Dictionary of Minor Planet Names – (5040) Rabinowitz. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. p. 434. ISBN 978-3-540-00238-3. Retrieved 1 July 2016. 
  11. ^ "Minor Planet Discoverers (by number)". Minor Planet Center. 20 August 2016. Retrieved 25 August 2016. 
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