International Astronomical Union names asteroid after Pandit Jasraj -
International Astronomical Union names asteroid after Pandit Jasraj
Posted 30 Sep 2019 05:11 PM


The International Astronomical Union (IAU) has named a asteroid, found in 2006, after Indian traditional vocalist Pandit Jasraj.

The asteroid, or all the more officially known as a minor planet, is situated among Mars and Jupiter, and was found on November 11, 2006, by the Catalina Sky Survey, whose telescopes are situated in Arizona in the United States. The benefit of naming a planet is first given to pioneers, who have 10 years to propose a name.

The pioneer or group is required to compose a short reference, clarifying the purposes behind appointing the name, as indicated by the IAU's rules.

All names proposed are made a decision by the 15-part Working Group for Small Body Nomenclature (CSBN) of the IAU, involving proficient cosmologists with research interests in minor planets or potentially comets from around the globe. The Hindu couldn't quickly discover who proposed Pandit Jasraj's name.

Pandit Jasraj disclosed to The Hindu on the telephone that he was charmed with the respect. "It's the nearness of this named planetoid to Jupiter, or Guru, that evokes an emotional response. What I have today is because of the gifts and beauty of my masters and I devote this respect to Bharat."

Durga Jasraj, his little girl, said the news "left the blue" and it was a "benefit" that her dad was named alongside Johann Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven and Rabindranath Tagore, who additionally have minor planets named after them.

As of September, there are 5,41,131 numbered minor planets of a sum of 7,97,078 watched bodies, with the rest being unnumbered minor planets.

"Sangeet Martand Pandit Jasraj (b. 1930) is a type of Indian traditional vocal music. Jasraj is the beneficiary of various honors, respects, and titles, including the esteemed Padma Vibhushan and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award. His unmistakable voice navigates an exceptional four-and-a-half octaves," peruses an IAU reference accessible on the California Institute of Technology's database on little planetary bodies.

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