(5086) Demin

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1978 RH1. Discovered 1978 Sept. 5 by N. S. Chernykh at Nauchnyj.

Named in memory of Vladimir Grigor’evich Demin (1929–1996), well-known expert on celestial mechanics and dynamics of rigid bodies, professor at Moscow University for many years and member of the editorial board of Kosmicheskie Issledovaniya (Cosmic Researches). With Aksenov and Grebenikov {see planets  (4777) and  (4268), respectively} he investigated the generalized problem of two fixed centers, and he was among the first, to develop theories of the motions of artificial satellites. He was also known for numerous monographs and textbooks on celestial mechanics, and he blazed the way to science for many students. (M 29144)

Name proposed by the discoverer following a suggestion by the Institute of Theoretical Astronomy.

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