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

From: Jeff Kuyken <info_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Jul 2013 21:17:27 +1000
Message-ID: <001701ce8d16$609e5830$21db0890$_at_meteorites.com.au>

Congrats Bernd. Well-deserved recognition and a really nice gesture on Rob's


Jeff Kuyken
Meteorites Australia
President - I.M.C.A. Inc.

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Sent: Tuesday, 30 July 2013 4:21 AM
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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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