1981 VB. Discovered 1981 Nov. 3 by D. J. Tholen at Kitt Peak.
Named for the discoverer’s home state, which derives its name from that of the Kansa Indians who migrated into the northeastern region of the state during the latter portion of the 18th century. The state’s motto is “Ad astra per aspera”, which means “To the stars through difficulties”. The planet is also named for the University of Kansas, the discoverer’s alma mater, to commemorate the centennial of observational astronomy there, which began with the purchase of an Alvan Clark 6-inch refractor in 1885, an instrument still in use today. (M 10045)