1988 BK2. Discovered 1988 Jan. 23 by C. S. Shoemaker and E. M. Shoemaker at Palomar.

Named for the attractive, medieval, walled city located in the heart of the Ries {see planet (4327)} Basin, site of an impact crater formed by a comet or a minor planet 15 million years ago. Nordlingen is the central town of the Danube-Ries district of the Bavarian region of Swabia {see planet (6209)}. The first records of this city date back to A.D. 750-800, and its position on important trade routes allowed it to develop into a market town and cultural center. Its St. Georges Cathedral is the largest building ever constructed from suevite, the local stone created by the impact. (M 29670)

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