August 1, 2017
SEATTLE, WA (August 1, 2017) – The International Astronomical Union named Asteroid 25232 Asteroid Schatz to honor Dennis Schatz, Senior Advisor at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle, for his distinguished career in and dedication to science education.
The asteroid was discovered by the Lowell Observatory Near-Earth Object Search (LONEOS) in 1998. Astronomer Larry Wasserman, a planetary scientist at Lowell, suggested the designation to the IAU.
Asteroid Schatz is located in the main belt of asteroids between Mars and Jupiter, and orbits about 269 million miles from the Sun (for contrast, the Earth is only 93 million miles from our star.)
Schatz is perhaps best known in the area of astronomy education for creating a host of inquiry-based, hands-on astronomy activities which are in use in many thousands of schools, science museums, and other educational settings around the world. Among these are: “The ‘Make-Your-Own Comet’ Recipe,” “Create an Alien,” “The Reasons for the Seasons Symposium,” and “Making a Pocket Sun-clock.”