Asteroid is named after ESS post-doc Michael Busch

Posted on May 18, 2012

UCLA Postdoctoral researcher Michael Busch has been honored with the naming of an asteroid by the International Astronomical Union. The naming was announced 2012 May 18 at the Asteroids, Comets, Meteoroids meeting in Niigata, Japan. Asteroid 8129 Michaelbusch is about 4 ± 1 km in diameter, slightly eccentric, with an orbit in the inner part of the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. It is most likely an S-type silicate object and a member of the Flora asteroid family.