The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) recently shared on social media that an asteroid has been named after a 60-year-old Filipino medical doctor and amateur astronomer by a Paris-based astronomy nongovernmental group.

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The International Astronomical Union (IAU) officially named the 8-kilometer-wide asteroid “7431 Jettaguilar” in honor of Dr. Jose Francisco “Jett” Aguilar, a neurosurgeon at the Philippine Children’s Medical Center, Philippine General Hospital, and Cardinal Santos Medical Center, according to the DOST.

According to the agency, Aguilar has been delivering neurosurgical treatments to Filipino infants for more than 20 years and is well-known in the medical community for successfully extracting a parasitic twin from a three-week-old kid in 2019.

Dr. Jett Aguilar, a neurosurgeon, operates on a young patient at Philippine Children’s Medical Center in Quezon City last April. | Photo from Fortunato de la Peña

“He is also the clinical director of the Philippine Movement Disorder Surgery Center, which pioneered ‘Deep Brain Stimulation’ surgery for Filipino patients afflicted with a rare genetic movement disorder called ‘X-Linked Dystonia Parkinsonism,'” the DOST said in a statement.

For more than 15 years, Aguilar has been a dedicated astrophotographer, and his images of the Sun, Venus’ transit, lunar eclipses, and other celestial occurrences have appeared on and

The IAU was approached about naming the asteroid in honor of Aguilar’s contributions to medicine and Philippine astronomy. Meanwhile, the asteroid named after the doctor circles the Sun between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.

The full Moon turned deep red in this photo taken by Dr. Jett Aguilar during the total lunar eclipse on October 8, 2014. | Photo from Fortunato de la Peña
Dr. Jett Aguilar photographed the planet Venus (small black disk) crossing the face of the Sun on June 6, 2012, from his home observatory in Quezon City. He used a 90-millimeter refracting telescope fitted with a Coronado SolarMax 90 hydrogen-alpha filter. | Photo from Fortunato de la Peña
This towering eruption of hot, ionized gas on the surface of the Sun, called a “solar
prominence,” was captured by Dr. Jett Aguilar on May 16, 2015, from his home observatory in
Quezon City using a 100-millimeter Lunt hydrogen-alpha telescope. | Photo from Fortunato de la Peña
This portrait of August 21, 2017, total eclipse of the Sun was recorded by Dr. Jett Aguilar from Eddyville, Kentucky, U.S.A. | Photo from Fortunato de la Peña
Dr. Jett Aguilar traveled to Singapore to capture this view of the annular eclipse of the Sun on December 26, 2019. | Photo from Fortunato de la Peña

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