(4001) Ptolemaeus

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1949 PV. Discovered 1949 Aug. 2 by K. Reinmuth at Heidelberg.

Named by the Minor Planet Names Committee for the celebrated author of the Almagest, whose ideas dominated astronomical thought in Europe and the Middle East from the second to the sixteenth centuries. (M 19335)

Ptolemaeus is also honored by craters on Mars and on the Moon.

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