(2646) Abetti

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1977 EC1. Discovered 1977 Mar. 13 by N. S. Chernykh at Nauchnyj.

Named in memory of Antonio Abetti (1846–1928) and of his son Giorgio Abetti (1882–1982), who each served as director of the Asiago Astrophysical Observatory. Collectively they made important contributions to the study of minor planets, solar physics, and the history of astronomy. (M 8542)

Name proposed by the discoverer, following a suggestion from E. Colombini at the Osservatorio San Vittore, where the object was rediscovered as 1982 FB.

Obituaries (G.A.) published in Coelum, Vol. 50, p. 289–291 (1982); Observatory, Vol. 103, No. 1054, p. 184 (1983); Sky Telesc., Vol. 65, No. 1, p. 27 (1983); Vesmír, Vol. 62, p. 94 (1983); Q.J.R. Astron. Soc., Vol. 25, No. 1, p. 98–100 (1984); Zenit, 10. Jaarg., No. 3, p. 128 (1983).