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(3098) van Sprang

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4579 P-L. Discovered 1960 Sept. 24 by C. J. van Houten and I. van Houten-Groeneveld at Palomar.

Named in honor of Bert van Sprang, a Dutch amateur who is very active in popularizing astronomy. An organization of young amateur astronomers, founded by him, has at present 1,400 members. He initiated the International Astronomical Youth Camps, which are held in various European countries each year. He also gives many popular lectures and stimulates the construction of small telescopes by young people. (M 12013)

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