(21785) Méchain

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1999 SS2. Discovered 1999 Sept. 21 by M. Tichý at Kleť.

Pierre François André Méchain (1744–1804) discovered many comets and deep-sky objects. A colleague and friend of Messier {see planet  (7359)}, he contributed much to Messier’s catalogue of nebulae. Much of Méchain’s career involved geodetic measurements along the Paris meridian, with the idea of defining the meter. (M 46012)

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