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(1981 GX )
CURRENT POSITION: 7 SCO 1
Incl: 20.22631
Eccent: 0.0991673
Period: 2.6918330416428 years
AU 1.9350195
Type: 0006

Discovery Chart

2.4.1981 11:03 Lake Tekapo 170e28 43s59 observations 1

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Usually taken to be the Maori name for New Zealand, although originally it referred only to the North Island. Commonly accepted to mean ‘Land of the Long White Cloud’, it is attributed to Hine-te-aparangi, wife of the legendary Maori navigator, Kupe. She is said to have called out ‘He, ao’ (‘A Cloud!’) on sighting land when first arriving in the vicinity of the country, and Kupe used this declaration in naming the new land. The name is therefore particularly appropriate for this minor planet, the first to be discovered from New Zealand. (M 18305)

Avastatud: 2-4-1981 Avastamiskoht: Lake Tekapo Avastajad: Gilmore, A. C., Kilmartin, P. M.

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