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(2281) Biela

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1971 UQ1. Discovered 1971 Oct. 26 by L. Kohoutek at Bergedorf.

Named in memory of Wilhelm von Biela (1782–1850), Austrian military officer and astronomer, who discovered comet 1826 I in Josefov, Bohemia. The comet is famous for having split and disappeared and for helping establish the connection between comets and meteors. In 1971 the discoverer of this minor planet tried unsuccessfully to recover the comet. (M 22244)

Biela is also honored by a lunar crater.

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