[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.