Modena

1982 JA. Discovered 1982 May 15 at the Osservatorio San Vittore at Bologna.

Named for the city near Bologna, famous for its beautiful bell-tower Ghirlandia, the Romanesque cathedral Duomo, and the military academy that was formerly the royal palace of the Estensi, the dynasty that governed the city until 1859. Modena was the home of the astronomers Montanari (1633-1687), Amici (1786-1863) {see planet (3809)} and Bianchi (1791-1866). It is also the birthplace and residence of Ermes Colombini, an amateur astronomer of the group at the Osservatorio San Vittore {see planet (2235)} in Bologna. (M 10549)

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