Nordlingen

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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