1949 SF. Discovered 1949 Sept. 23 by K. Reinmuth at Heidelberg.

Named in honor of Michail Ivanovich Petaev, visiting planetary geologist in the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Planetary Sciences division. Petaev's investigations include the study of the origins of enstatite chondrite and achondrite meteorites, and he has made detailed studies of numerous meteorites. (M 22499)

Name proposed by members of the Planetary Sciences division, the identifications for this object having been made by C. M. Bardwell.

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