Nobeoka

1997 VK8. Discovered 1997 Nov. 3 by T. Seki at Geisei.

Named for a town in Miyazaki {see planet (6905)} prefecture, at the mouth of the Gokase River. Although it is the site of one of the largest chemical factories in Japan, it remains rich in natural beauty. The sound of the bell at the top of the castle hill is described in a poem by Bokusui Wakayama {see planet (8367)}. (M 33388)

Name proposed by the discoverer following a suggestion by T. Sato and R. Ukishima.

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