Viget

1987 WF. Discovered 1987 Nov. 19 by E. Bowell at Anderson Mesa.

Named in honor of Princeton University on the occasion of its 250th birthday 1996 Oct. 22. The name derives from Princeton's official motto: "Dei Sub Numine Viget", or "Under the Power of God She Flourishes". Princeton first became involved with astronomy when its sixth president, John Witherspoon, purchased the Rittenhouse Orrery in 1771. This miniature planetarium was one of the finest scientific instruments of the eighteenth century, and it still survives in working order. Viget joins (508) Princetonia and (534) Nassovia, both discovered by R. S. Dugan {see planet (2772)}, as the third minor planet named for Princeton. (M 27461)

Name suggested and citation prepared by J. T. Miller.

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