1988 NF. Discovered 1988 July 12 by A. Maury and J. Mueller at Palomar.

Named in honor of James R. Janesick of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Janesick has been instrumental in the development of CCDs for astronomy and, of equal importance, in the education of astronomers in the use of these devices and of industry in establishing requirements for good scientific imagers. His contributions have ranged from making the detectors useful in the blue and ultraviolet to the development of techniques for excellent charge transfer at very low signal levels, of amplification methods with sub-electron noise and of procedures to avoid damaging effects in high-energy radiation. (M 19337)

Citation written by J. E. Gunn at the request of the first discoverer. Name endorsed by E. F. Helin.