Glenn Chaple's observing basics: All aboard Chaple's Arc
September 2006: I have a piece of cosmic real estate does have my name on it — even though the IAU doesn't sanction it. It's called "Chaple's Arc."
"I'd love to know that something up there had my name on it," I lamented to a group of my astronomy friends. Scattered across the heavens, you'll find lunar and planetary craters, minor planets and comets, stars and deep-space objects bearing the names of men and women with astronomical connections a "Who's Who" of astronomy. To merit the International Astronomical Union (IAU) naming a piece of cosmic real estate in your honor, you either have to discover a space object or make a significant contribution to the field of astronomy.