1977 CU. Discovered 1977 Feb. 11 by E. Bowell at Palomar.

Named in honor of Peter V. Birch. An astronomer at the Perth Observatory since 1970, Birch made many planetary photographic observations as part of Lowell Observatory's International Planetary Patrol Program. In 1977 he was involved in the discovery of the rings of Uranus. He has also carried out a variety of photometric observations, including photoelectric lightcurves of minor planets and comets and CCD work on Comet Halley. (M 14208)

Citation provided by M. P. Candy at the request of the discoverer.

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