1981 JP. Discovered 1981 May 3 by E. Bowell at Anderson Mesa.
Named in honor of Frederick Hess, professor of natural sciences at the State University of New York at Fort Schuyler and long-time lecturer at the Hayden Planetarium-American Museum in New York City. Hess has directed a number of solar eclipse expeditions and has accumulated more than 30 minutes in the shadow of the Moon. (M 9215)
Name proposed by the discoverer following a suggestion from the Custer Institute. Citation prepared by T. Carey.