[Cebu City] March 21, 2022— The International Astronomical Union (IAU) of Paris has named an eight-kilometer-wide asteroid circling the Sun between Mars and Jupiter “7431 Jett Aguilar,” after Dr. Jose Francisco “Jett” Aguilar, a neurosurgeon, and amateur astronomer.
“I am really at a loss for words — not even in my wildest dreams have I imagined having an asteroid named after me,” Aguilar said in a statement Friday from CNN news.
Dr. Jose Francisco A. “Jett” Aguilar is a 60-year-old Filipino neurosurgeon at the Philippine Children’s Medical Center, Philippine General Hospital, and Cardinal Santos Medical Center.
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He has been providing neurosurgical services to Filipinos for 20 years. His recent surgeries included the successful removal of a parasitic twin from a three-week-old infant boy, nicknamed “Baby Ned” in 2019.
He is an active eclipse chaser, having traveled to China, Indonesia, the United States, and Singapore with members of the ALP to view and photograph total and annular solar eclipses..
There’s no wonder why he loves astronomy so much because he has been an astro-photographer for more than 15 years, depicting his overflowing admiration to it.
The International Astronomical Union (IAU) of Paris not only celebrated Dr. Jose Francisco “Jett” Aguilar’s contributions to astronomy but also served as a source of inspiration for aspiring astronomers and healthcare professionals alike. His journey, from an enthusiastic amateur astronomer to an asteroid named in his honor, exemplifies how passion, dedication, and the pursuit of knowledge can leave an indelible mark on both the scientific community and the cosmos itself. As the asteroid “7431 Jett Aguilar” continues to orbit the Sun, it stands as a testament to the achievements of one extraordinary individual and the enduring connection between the wonders of the universe and the boundless potential of the human spirit.