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(1686) De Sitter

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1935 SR1. Discovered 1935 Sept. 28 by H. van Gent at Johannesburg.

Named in honor of the late Prof. Willem de Sitter {1872–1934}, who was director of the Leiden Observatory from 1918 till 1934. He made major contributions in the theory of the Jupiter satellites, astronomical constants and cosmology. (M 2822) Name proposed by the Leiden Observatory.

De Sitter is also honored by a lunar crater.

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