Named in honor of Akira Abe (1934– ), managing editor of Hoshino Techo (“Star Handbook”), a quarterly journal that existed from 1978 to 1993 and popularized astronomy with the help of high-quality articles by professional astronomers. He has played a pivotal role in introducing many amateurs and professionals to astronomy. (M 31610)
Name proposed by the discoverers following a suggestion by A. Fujii and A. Tanno.
Avastatud: 18-11-1992 Avastamiskoht: Kitami Avastajad: Endate, K., Watanabe, K.
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