1989 AA5. Discovered 1989 Jan. 4 by R. H. McNaught at Siding Spring.
Named in memory of Roberta (Bobbie) Vaile (1959–1996), lecturer in physics at the University of Western Sydney. Bobbie Vaile excelled in communicating the beauty and complexity of science to students and to the wider community. The SETI Australia Centre was founded at the UWS as a result of Bobbie’s participation in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence and her innovative use of SETI for teaching science. A profound faith sustained her during the achievements of her last seven years, while a brain tumor took its toll. To many colleagues and students Bobbie was a uniquely understanding and close friend, and she remains an inspiration. (M 29671)
Name proposed by P. Cass and the discoverer, citation prepared by J. Caswell.