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Zdenka Vávrová

Zdenka Vávrová
Zdenka Vávrová (* 1945) is a Czech astronomer. She worked at Klet Observatory for 20 years. She discovered more than hundred minor planets and co-discovered 1 short periodic comet.

She worked at Klet Observatory as assistant of Antonín Mrkos during years 1975 - 1995. She worked on astrometry of asteroids and comets. Discoveries of 115 minor planets, with permanent number were credited to Zdenka Vávrová. One of her discoveries - asteroid 1983 JG - turned out to be a periodic comet. It is known as a 134P/Kowal-Vávrová.

Zdenka Vávrová found an asteroid 1980 SM on 1980 Sep. 29, which received permanent number in November 1997. In April 2014 this asteroid was named as (7984) Marius in honor of German astronomer Simon Marius, the independent discoverer of four biggest Jovian moons, but he publicly informed about it only few years later than Galileo Galilei.

Entrance to the world od asteroids and comets at Kle
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Intruments used for minor planets and comet search at Kle Observatory
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Asteroid 3364 discovered by Antonín Mrkos on April 5, 1984 at Kle Observatory was named to her honour   (3364) Zdenka.

(3364) Zdenka = 1984 GF

Named in honour of Zdenka Vávrová for her 20 devoted years in the atrometric program at Kle.

List of comets discovered by Zdenka Vávrová
Date of discovery
at discovery
1983 May 14
16.5 magn.
1983 t

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odrazka Summary of NEAT discoveries:
SkyMorph/NEAT (644): 150
Trojans: 3
Main Belt Asteroids: 147
Numbered: 66
Multi Opposition: 50
Single Opposition: 31
2-nighters: 3

Last update: 2013 Feb 4

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