Saturday, November 20, 2010

Brian Marsden - Cosmic Cop (1937-2010

Hey Space Placers,

Well, we lost another giant in the astronomical community - Brian Marsden. This was THE guy that the whole astronomical world turned to when they had spotted a new comet, asteroid, nova or some new discovery in the sky. He served as the long-time director of the International Astronomical Union's Central Bureau of Astronomical Telegrams (until 2000) and its Minor Planet Center (until 2006), positions that effectively made him and his small staff the worldwide clearinghouse for astronomical discoveries.

As busy as he was he always found time to talk to and help amateur astronomers. He was a real treasure.

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