9617 Grahamchapman is an asteroid in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.
Grahamchapman is named after British comedian Graham Chapman, who died in 1989. The asteroid is one of many main belt asteroids named after famous personalities. It is the first in a series of six asteroids carrying the names of members of the Monty Python comedy troupe:
- 9617 Grahamchapman
- 9618 Johncleese
- 9619 Terrygilliam
- 9620 Ericidle
- 9621 Michaelpalin
- 9622 Terryjones
Grahamchapman was discovered on March 17, 1993, at the European Southern Observatory during the Uppsala-ESO Survey of Asteroids and Comets (UESAC). Its provisional designation was 1993 FA5. In early 2006, observations by the Ondřejov NEO Photometric Program determined that 9617 Grahamchapman is a binary asteroid.
- Uppsala-ESO Survey of Asteroids and Comets
- Ondrejov Asteroid Photometry Project
- European Southern Observatory
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