Past Award Recipients
Regional Coordinators for Lunar Occultations
Jan Manek, Mitsuru Soma, Dave Gault
Regional Coordinators for Asteroidal Occultations
John Talbot, Steve Kerr, Eric Frappa,
Tsutomu Hayamizu, Brad Timerson
Derek C. Breit
Fumi Yoshida - 2022 DaBoll Award Recipient
|Fumi Yoshida is
the member of DESTINY+(Demonstration and Experiment of Space Technology
for INterplanetary voYage with Phaethon flyby and dust science) project
with plans to observe 3200 Phaethon through spacecraft flyby mission by
JAXA and PERC.
Phaethon is the special active asteroid also known as the parent body
of the Geminid meteor shower. Her team has made and will continue to
make preliminary ground-based observations for 3200 Phaethon to ensure
the success of the mission. Yoshida is in charge of these ground
observations. In cooperation with NASA, SwRI and IOTA, she asked
observers around the worldwide to observe occultations by 3200 Phaethon
starting from 2018, and organized her own observation team composed of
professional researchers and amateur observers. Right after that, the
first successful observation was made. The fantastic 2019 July 29
result observed in the western USA was organized because of what her
team requested to IOTA in North America.
More efforts led by her have resulted in 9 successful occultations
worldwide thru 2021 of small objects down to 6 km diameter in size.
Among them, the occultation on Oct 3, 2021 in Japan was a great
success, with 18 sites positive (7 sites miss, the other 11 sites
failed) by a 36-site observing party led by her.