New Delhi: The International Astronomical Union (IAU) has named a minor planet, discovered in 2006, after Indian classical singer Pandit Jasraj.
The planet was discovered on November 11, 2006 (13 years ago), has now been renamed as ‘Panditjasraj’. This minor planet had been discovered by the Catalina Sky Survey conducted at the Steward Observatory’s Catalina Station, Tucson, Arizona.
Pandit Jasraj is the first Indian to have received this honour. The asteroid, or more formally known as a minor planet, is located between Mars and Jupiter. The privilege of naming a planet is first given to discoverers, who have 10 years to propose a name.
Notably, Panditjasraj was discovered by the Mt Lemmon Survey telescope in Arizona. The number 300128 is derived from Jasraj’s date of birth 28 January 1930. As of September, there are 5,41,131 numbered minor planets of a total of 7,97,078 observed bodies, with the rest being unnumbered minor planets.