1982 DB. Discovered 1982 Feb. 28 by E. F. Helin at Palomar.

Named for the ancient Greek god Nereus, a son of Pontus and Gaia {see planet (1184)}. A benevolent sea-god associated with ancient origins (mythology, if not science), he had the power of prophecy. (M 19338)

Name proposed by Robert M. Cutler, a Planetary Society member interested in near-earth asteroids. To English-language speakers the name seems particularly appropriate for such an object.

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