Watanabe

1987 UB1. Discovered 1987 Oct. 25 by S. Ueda and H. Kaneda at Kushiro.

Named in honor of Kazuro Watanabe (1955- ), known for his positional measurements ofcomets, minor planets and meteors. An astronomical specialist in the Sapporo Youth Science Museum, he is responsible for passing astronomical information to the public and is known throughout Hokkaido {see planet (3720)} as a popular leader of astronomical activities. He is also involved in the preparations of maps. (M 16593) Name suggested by S. Nakano.

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