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Ernst Wilhelm Leberecht Tempel

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Asteroids discovered: 5
64 Angelina March 4 1861
65 Cybele March 8 1861
74 Galatea August 29 1862
81 Terpsichore September 30 1864
97 Klotho February 17 1868

Ernst Wilhelm Leberecht Tempel (December 4 1821March 16 1889) was a German astronomer who worked in Marseille until the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian War in 1870, then later moved to Italy.

He was a prolific discoverer of comets, discovering or co-discovering 21 in all, including Comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle, now known to be the parent body of the Leonid meteor shower, and 9P/Tempel, the target of the NASA probe Deep Impact in 2005. Other periodic comets that bear his name include 10P/Tempel and 11P/Tempel-Swift-LINEAR.

The asteroid 3808 Tempel is named in his honour.

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