COLUMBUS, Ga.- Doctor Andrew Puckett is in his third year at Columbus State University where he teaches astronomy and physics in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences.
Puckett says he has been studying asteroids since he was in graduate school. While in graduate school, Puckett says a colleague discovered an asteroid and that colleague recommended the asteroid be named after Puckett.
The asteroid is named Andypuckett and sits in the main asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, right by the asteroid named after his wife.
Puckett says he never imagined this would happen to him when he was younger. “You start to see people getting their names on these things, So recently, maybe, but I had hoped for it,” Dr. Puckett said. “I had hoped I would have that permanent effect on the science but not when I was a lot younger. I would not have thought this.”
Puckett added that he has discovered more than 40 objects in the solar system and his students will be helping him name the ones that are able to be named.