1978 RA8. Discovered 1978 Sept. 2 by C.-I. Lagerkvist at La Silla.

Named in honor of Irina N. Belskaya, senior astronomer at the Kharkov Astronomical Observatory and a friend of the discoverer. Her research focuses on the spin and surface properties of main-belt minor planets, in particular, objects of the taxonomic type M. She has made important contributions in this field by combining photometric and polarimetric observations with optical laboratory measurements of the analogous asteroidal materials. (M 33389) Citation prepared by A. Erikson.

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