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ASTEROID 376574 NAMED AFTER JAGIELLONIAN UNIVERSITY STUDENT MICHAŁ KUSIAK M

tion of its orbit and promptly enter it as No. 376574 in the catalogue of celestial bodies. In November 2013 Reszelewski and Ferrando suggested a name for it. For a time in 2010 Michał Kusiak had acted as coordinator of the Sungrazing Comets Project and had helped Rafał Reszelewski take his first steps in practical astronomy, giving him invaluable advice on how to make observations and look for “sungrazing” comets, thanks to which Rafał discovered four minor comets near the sun. In 2007-2011 Michał himself discovered 151 sungrazing co- Left to right: Michał Kusiak, Rafał Reszelewski, mets on photographs made by the and Krzysztof Kida during the First Comet-Hunters’ Meeting SOHO (Solar and Heliospheric at the Jagiellonian University Observatory Observatory) space probe. He is also of these will no doubt be recognised as the discoverer of a new group of comets discoveries and attributed to them. Michał Kusiak says that for him worassociated with its parent body 96P/ Machholz and the South Delta Aquariid king with others and getting to know them meteor shower. Since 2012 he has been is very important. “It’s encouragement one of the leaders of the first Polish Rantiga from other people that makes me want to Osservatorio project in search of asteroids. work hard, and if on top of that our joint Using a telescope located in Northern Italy effort turns out to bring good and useful for remote control operations, Michał results, that’s what brings success and Kusiak and Michał Żołnowski, an amateur makes me very happy. It was only thanks astronomer from Kraków, have recorded to the goodwill, patience, and professional 13 thousand observations for nearly 4 assistance of my family, friends, teachers thousand asteroids, and reported about and university tutors that this distinction 1,100 candidates for new asteroids. Some could be achieved.”

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ichał Kusiak, a student of the Faculty of Physics, Astronomy, and Applied Computer Science, has become the proprietor of his own celestial object in the Solar System! On 16th January 2014 the International Astronomical Union (IAU) officially ascribed the name “Michalkusiak” to Asteroid (376574) 2013 PA16, whereby this young scientist joined the group of distinguished Polish men and women associated with science, culture, and music whose names have been put among the stars. Michał has been interested in astronomy since he was a boy, and has been involved in the promotion of astronomy since his schooldays. This is what earned the appreciation of the asteroid’s discoverers and of the IAU committee. The asteroid was discovered in January 2007 by the Spanish astronomer Rafael Ferrando in the Castellon observatory. But it wasn’t fully examined and recorded, and was “lost” for another six years, until its rediscovery by Rafał Reszelewski of Świdwin. This 17-year-old amateur astronomer identified it on photographs made at the Tenerife Optical Ground Station for the TOTAS Project. Reszelewski’s observations in August 2013, along with the object’s identification on photographs taken in 2001, before the first discovery, helped to make a very precise determina-

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