Minor planet renamed after scientist from Potsdam

13 September 2012. The Committee on Small Body Nomenclature of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) has decided that the main-belt Asteroid 278513 is from now on called "Schwope".
Minor planet renamed after scientist from Potsdam

Dr. Axel Schwope

Discovered on February 14, 2012 by Bernd Thinius in Potsdam-Bornim, Mr Thinius handed over his idea to the IAU to name this minor planet after Axel Schwope, scientist at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam. It was Schwope, who enabled Bernd Thinius to observe with the AIP's 70 cm telescope.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The key topics of the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics are cosmic magnetic fields and extragalactic astrophysics. A considerable part of the institute's efforts aim at the development of research technology in the fields of spectroscopy, robotic telescopes, and e-science. The AIP is the successor of the Berlin Observatory founded in 1700 and of the Astrophysical Observatory of Potsdam founded in 1874. The latter was the world's first observatory to emphasize explicitly the research area of astrophysics. Since 1992 the AIP is a member of the Leibniz Association.