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Japanese Astronomer Names Asteroid after Reiwa

Japanese Astronomer Names Asteroid after Reiwa

   Kochi, May 13 (Jiji Press)--A Japanese astronomer has named the asteroid he found three decades ago after Reiwa, the name of the country's new era.
   On May 5, Tsutomu Seki, 88, made a proposal to the International Astronomical Union to call the asteroid he found in the west of the Pleiades in 1989 "Reiwanohoshi" (the star of Reiwa).
   The name of Reiwanohoshi is expected to be approved as early as one or two months later. The era of Reiwa started on May 1 when Emperor Naruhito took the throne.
   "Initially, I didn't mean to name it, but I decided as my astronomer friends encouraged me" to do so, said Seki, a resident of the western Japan city of Kochi.
   The 18th-magnitude asteroid that cannot be seen by the naked eye has an estimated diameter of some 10 kilometers.

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