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(3131) Mason-Dixon

Reference work entry

1982 BM1. Discovered 1982 Jan. 24 by E. Bowell at Anderson Mesa.

Named for Charles Mason (1730–1787) and Jeremiah Dixon (1773–1779), British astronomers who observed the 1761 transit of Venus from the Cape of Good Hope. Between 1763 and 1767 they surveyed the boundary between Pennsylvania and Maryland mdash; the Mason-Dixon Line. (M 10847)

Name proposed by the discoverer following a suggestion by B. Hetherington.

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