1987 SGi. Discovered 1987 Sept. 21 by E. Bowell at Anderson Mesa.

Named in honor of Dennis Choate (1952- ), senior engineer at NASA's Goldstone {see planet (4433)} deep space communications complex. His profound understanding of the high-power planetary radar transmitter system and his awesome trouble-shooting capabilities have been a mainstay of Goldstone {see planet (4433)} radar astronomy during the past decade. In 1995, Choate's dedication and expertise were manifest in the flawless transmission of many continuous hours of radio signals toward (6489) Golevka during the Goldstone-Evpatoria and Goldstone-Kashima {see planet (6489)} intercontinental radar astronomy experiments. (M 25656)

Name suggested and citation prepared by S. J. Ostro.

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