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Saturn
Naming Citation:   PUCKETT = (32096) = 2000 KO38
Tim Puckett Minor White and Myke Collins discovered this asteroid on May 26, 2000, in a dense Milky Way field in Sagittarius.  Tracking for adequate orbital determination required quick software customization.

Tim Puckett, a veteran astrophotographer and pioneer in the CCD astronomy field, has contributed data and images to NASA.  His work has appeared on the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) and in many publications across the globe.

The official citation reads:

  "Tim Puckett was born 1962 in Atlanta, GA., U.S.A.  Tim built the Puckett observatory for cometary studies and supernova discovery.  His team has over 75 supernova discoveries to their credit."  

Tim Puckett's name was proposed by Michael Peoples during our naming campaign.  Mike has been involved in astronomy since he was seven years old.  As an adult, Mike has been active in the development of astrophotography and CCD imaging for amateur astronomers.  He is currently a co-investigator in Tim Puckett's volunteer supernova team.