Gubbio

1987 EP. Discovered 1987 Mar. 3 by E. Bowell at Anderson Mesa.

Named for the city of Gubbio, Umbria, Italy. Dating from the Umbrian civilization in the 7th century B.C., Gubbio flourished in the Middle Ages and is one of the best-preserved Italian medieval cities. It was on a hill above the city that geologist Walter Alvarez {see planet (3581)} found an iridium-rich layer originating at the transition between the Cretaceous and Tertiary periods. His father, Luis Alvarez, physicist and Nobel laureate, interpreted the layer's presence as the result of a catastrophic impact of an asteroid with the earth. Gubbio is also famous for the story of St. Francis and the wolf, and for St. Francis' "Ceri Marathon". (M 22247)

Name suggested and citation prepared by M. A. Barucci.

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