Kagoshima

1988 BL. Discovered 1988 Jan. 16 by M. Mukai and M. Takeishi at Kagoshima.

Named for the prefecture and its capital city, home of the discoverers, located at the southern tip of Kyushu Island in southwestern Japan. The rocket launching centers of the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science and the National Space Development Agency are located in Kagoshima prefecture. The city, often referred to as the "Naples of the East", is dominated by the presence of Sakurajima, one of the most active volcanoes in Japan, in the adjoining Kinko Bay. (M 18143)

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