1987 PL. Discovered 1987 Aug. 6 by the CERGA at Caussols.

Named in honor of Raymond Michard (1925- ), administrator of the Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur since 1987 and ardent supporter of the CERGA {see planet (2252)} Schmidt. He had earlier studied the sun at Sacramento Peak and led the Service Solaire at Meudon during 1971-76. He later studied the morphology of elliptical galaxies in Texas and at Nice, where he was director in 1981. (M 23541)

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