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(5540) Smirnova

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1971 QR1. Discovered 1971 Aug. 30 by T. M. Smirnova at Nauchnyj.

Named in honor of Tamara Mikhajlovna Smirnova (1935–2001), devoted observer of minor planets and a staff member of the Institute of Theoretical Astronomy from 1966 to 1988. During her long-lasting activity she made about 9,000 observations and measured numerous positions of minor planets at the Crimean Astrophysical Observatory. She discovered over one hundred minor planets and a comet, this object being her hundredth discovery. (M 24917)

Name proposed by the Institute of Theoretical Astronomy.

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