1983 RL2 . Discovered 1983 Sept. 4 by E. Bowell at Anderson Mesa.

Named in honor of Larry A. Lebofsky, planetary scientist at the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory of the University of Arizona, Tucson. Lebofsky was the first to find chemically-bound water and the presence of ice in the regoliths of minor planets and has been a major contributor to the development of minor-planet thermal models. He has also played an important role in the extraction of minor-planet data from IRAS {see planet (3728)} infrared observations. He has undertaken related laboratory spectral studies on icy condensates and the comparison of minor planets with cometary dust, planetary satellites and Pluto. (M 12458) Citation prepared by J. S. Lewis.

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