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Scott S. Sheppard

Scott Sander Sheppard is an astronomer in the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, DC. He attended Oberlin College as an undergraduate. Starting as a graduate student at the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawaii, he was credited with the discovery of many small moons of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. He has also discovered the second known leading Neptune trojan, 2004 UP10, and the first known trailing Neptune trojan, 2008 LC18. Scott has also been involved with many discoveries of Kuiper belt objects, centaurs, comets and near-Earth asteroids.

Among the named moons in whose discovery he has been involved are:


Scott Sheppard has also been involved in the discovery of possible dwarf planets such as 2010 EK139, 2010 KZ39, 2010 FX86, and 2013 FY27. He is a co-discoverer of the satellite of Kuiper belt object 2007 TY430.[1] He also discovered Plutino 1999 TR11. In 2014 Sheppard was the lead discoverer of the object with the most distant orbit known in the solar system 2012 VP113 (nicknamed Biden).


  1. ^ "Circular No. 8962 Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams" (PDF). CBAT. 2008-08-01. Retrieved 2012-01-30. 

External links

  • Scott Sheppard's web site at the Carnegie Institution for Science
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