[meteorite-list] Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds and Bernd in the Sky with "Hilda" :-)

From: Peter Davidson <P.Davidson_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Jul 2013 07:54:01 +0000
Message-ID: <576F2B74A34E584AA173B40D1A8914C336B7AE59_at_NMSMAIL01.nms2k.int>

Lieber Bernd

Many congratulations. Now when people call you a star, you truly are! OK, so it is not a star but a dwarf planet, but you are a giant of the meteorite community.

Mit besten W?nschen aus Schottland

Peter Davidson
Curator of Minerals

National Museums Collection Centre
242 West Granton Road
00 44 131 247 4283
p.davidson at nms.ac.uk

-----Original Message-----
From: meteorite-list-bounces at meteoritecentral.com [mailto:meteorite-list-bounces at meteoritecentral.com] On Behalf Of Bernd V. Pauli
Sent: 29 July 2013 19:21
To: meteorite-list at meteoritecentral.com
Subject: [meteorite-list] Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds and Bernd in the Sky with "Hilda" :-)

Hello List,

Can you imagine my surprise when Rob Matson emailed me and told me that I would be honored with something very special for my birthday last May 12. He had done a bit of pre-planning regarding the wording of the citation and had got the help from a few people notably Dorothy Norton, John Kashuba, Bob and Moni Verish - all of whom (including Rob Matson himself, of course!) I want to thank very, very much.

I am truly honored to be wandering among the stars while still roaming terrestrial fields! I am deeply touched to orbit the Sun together with such celebrities as our late O.R. Norton [(163800) Richardnorton], his wife Dorothy Norton [(149243) Dorothynorton = 2002 RL239], my late friend Jim Kriegh [149244 Kriegh], alongside our esteemed Geoff Notkin [(132904) Notkin = 2002 RB237], just to name a few.

The minor planet (247553) 2002 RV234 is a member of the Hilda family.
Hildas are in a 3:2 orbital resonance with Jupiter, i.e. they complete 3 orbits for every two Jovian orbits. They have dark surfaces, are rich in organics and contain water. CI and CM meteorites are believed to originate in these types of asteroids.

My little asteroid is about 6.5 km in diameter, and, assuming an average density of 2.1 g/cm^3 for CI/CM chondrites, this would amount to a mass of about 3 x 10^11 metric tons (300 billion metric tons).
Most of this detailed info was provided by Rob Matson!

Here is the PDF-link to the Minor Planet Circular:


Just enter my family name and you'll find me at the top of the second column of page 231 of that Circular.

Thank you very much for this
honor bestowed on me,



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