Nikolai P. Barabashov

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Nikolay Pavlovich Barabashov (March 30, 1894 in Kharkov, Kharkov Governorate, Russian Empire – April 29, 1971) was a Soviet Russian astronomer.

Barabashov graduated from Kharkiv University, Ukraine, 1919; served as Director, Kharkiv Observatory, 1930; Professor, Kharkiv University, 1934; Rector, Kharkiv University, 1943-1946. He became a member of the Ukrainian SSR Academy of Sciences in 1948.

He was a co-author of the ground breaking publication of the first pictures of the far side of the Moon in 1961, called Atlas of the Other Side of the Moon. Barabashov crater on Mars was named in his honor in 1973. 2883 Barabashov, a minor planet discovered in 1978 by Soviet astronomer Nikolai Stepanovich Chernykh, is named after him.[1]

Honours and awards


  1. Schmadel, Lutz D. (2003). Dictionary of Minor Planet Names (5th ed.). New York: Springer Verlag. p. 237. ISBN 3-540-00238-3.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>