Amici

1984 FA. Discovered 1984 Mar. 26 at the Osservatorio San Vittore at Bologna.

Named in memory of Giovanni Battista Amici (1786-1863), professor of mathematics at the University of Modena {see planet (3344)} and astronomer at the Museum of Physics and Natural History in Florence. Well known for his construction of optical instruments, his famous 0.28-m achromatic objective, one of the largest in the world when it was made, is still in use at the Arcetri Astrophysical Observatory. In Italian the name of this minor planet also means "friends". (M 13483)

Amici is also honored by a lunar crater.

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