Minor planets named for truly remarkable people.


Taichung is Taiwan's third largest city and has been proclaimed as a cultural city. His sociocritical illustrations united comedy and tragedy in a unique way. Named by the Minor Planet Names Committee following a suggestion by B. G. Marsden.


Named in honor of Georgij Al'bertovich Krasinskij [Krasinsky] (b. 1939), staff-member of the Institute of Theoretical Astronomy from 1964 to 1987, now chief of the Ephemeris Astronomy Laboratory of the Institute of Applied Astronomy in St. Petersburg. Its summit is crested with crags and Japanese stone pines, and it is famous for the the beautiful views it offers. Established as a national park in 1964, Shiretoko is a land of mystery, still in a pristine state.


Josef W. Fried (b. 1948) is a German astronomer at the Heidelberg Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie who was heavily involved in several instrumentation projects for the Calar Alto telescopes. He was the mount chosen by Vishnu, protector and conservator of the universe. Named in honor of Vladimir Vladimirovich Podobed, professor at the Sternberg Astronomical Institute, prominent specialist on meridian and photographic astrometry and author of two textbooks on astrometry.


Named in honor of Seiichi Sakuma (b. 1929), a Japanese amateur astronomer and an eminent observer of variable stars since 1942. Although his films are morally complex, they can also be hopeful and lovely. Well known for his popularization of meteorology and astronomy, he has presented televised weather forecasts in Belgium for more than 30 years.


Palermo is the capital of Sicily. The palace was substantially altered by Louis XV, and it is known for its magnificent gardens and `Salle du jeu de paume'. Academy of Sciences, President of IAU Commission 22 (1958-1964), and an honorary member and Vice President of the All-Union Astronomy and Geodesy Association. He specializes in detector development for astronomy space missions.

Data from The IAU Minor Planet Center, mashed up by Leonard Richardson.

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