Podaster: Shane and Chris ; Guest: Peter Jedicke

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Title: Naming Asteroids

Organization:  Actual Astronomy

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Description: The Actual Astronomy Podcast presents Naming Asteroids.  In this episode we’ll talk with Peter Jedicke about what asteroids are, their history and the Canadian connection with naming asteroids after amateur astronomers.

Bio: Shane and Chris are amateur astronomers who enjoy teaching astronomy classes and performing outreach where they help the eyes of the public to telescope eyepieces.

Peter Jedicke was National President of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada from 2004 to 2006 and is now a Fellow of the RASC.
He is also Honorary President of the RASC London Centre.

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Naming Asteroids on Episode 390 of the Actual Astronomy podcast. I’m Chris and joining me is Shane. We are amateur astronomers who love looking up at the night sky and this podcast is for everyone who enjoys going out under the stars.

  • Our guest today is Peter Jedicke
  • I first met Peter when we served on the RASC National Council
  • Craige Levine, who is a past guest from last Spring, had moved to London Ont….

Peter’s favourite astronomical topic, both astrophysically and as an observer, is globular clusters and co-authored the RASCC Observer’s Handbook section on Star Clusters. Lastly, Peter helped start the list of asteroid names with Canadian connections which will be our topic today but….

Great to have you on the show Peter, how did the presentation go at the observatory last night?

Let’s first chat briefly about globular star clusters:

  • Back a number of years ago you gracefully accepted my invitation to speak to the RASC Regina Centre on globular clusters.
  • * So what is a globular star cluster exactly?
  • * What is it you enjoy about globulars?

Ok, let’s talk asteroids:

  • What is an asteroid?
  • What are some examples of bright or famous asteroids?
  • How are they discovered?
  • What is the history behind some of their discoveries?
  • What’s your interest in asteroids? How did you get involved in naming them?
  • (5899 Jedicke)
  • 1985 QS – YEar and month and week
  • What sort of Canadians are getting asteroids named after them?
  • What are some resources people could look into for more info.?
  • What is the Difference between Asteroid and Dwarf planet?
  • * Does it have to be after a living thing?
  • Forked river?

We can let the conversation go off in any direction(s).

Anything to add Peter? Shane?

Thank you!

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