Hokkaido

1987 UR1. Discovered 1987 Oct. 28 by S. Ueda and H. Kaneda at Kushiro.

Named for the northern island of Japan, which has a population of 5.5 million. This planet was the first to be discovered in Hokkaido. In addition to Kushiro {see planet (4096)}, there are active programs in Sapporo {see planet (3473)} and Kitami {see planet (3785)} concerned with the astrometric observations of minor planets and comets. (M 12976)

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