Minkowski 92 is a protoplanetary nebula. But after which Minkowski is it named? Same question for Minkowski's object (part of NGC 541).


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Rudolf Minkowski.

Its not likely to be the mathematician, Hermann. Nor the physiologist Oskar. There's only one Minkowski who was an observational astronomer.

The paper describing M1-92 was https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1086/125855

The 2006 paper on Minkowski's object (Croft et al) cites Minkowski, R. 1958, PASP, 70, 143

  • $\begingroup$ The lunar crater Minkowski is named after him and his uncle. Maybe the two objects are also named after him and his uncle? Or just after him? $\endgroup$
    – Ark25
    Commented May 1, 2020 at 21:32
  • $\begingroup$ No. after him alone. He discovered them, published the first description of them. Hermann had nothing to do with these objects! Objects are not named in "honour" of people (like craters are) These names are purely "object discovered by" type names. $\endgroup$
    – James K
    Commented May 2, 2020 at 5:20

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