1981 VU. Discovered 1981 Nov. 5 by E. Bowell at Anderson Mesa. Named in honor of Alan William Harris (1952), British astronomer, now at the DLR Institute of Planetary Exploration, Berlin. Harris has made both ground-based and space-based (ISO) radiometric observations of minor planets, concentrating especially on near-earth objects, and he has developed improved fitting techniques to relate observed fluxes to diameters and albedos. The name chosen is "Harris" spelled backwards, to distinguish from another Harris of the exact same name {see planet (2929)}. (M 35487)

Name suggested and citation prepared by the other A. W. Harris.

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