Belo Horizonte

1990 VU5. Discovered 1990 Nov. 15 by E. W. Elst at La Silla.

Belo Horizonte is the beautiful capital (1897) of the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais {see planet (10769)}. It was the first of Brazil's planned cities, since the old capital at Ouro Preto {see planet (10771)} could not accommodate the necessary expansions. Belo was modeled after Washington, D.C., and La Plata in Argentina {see, respectively, planets (1029) and (469)}. (M 39656)

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