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The catalog of asteroids discovered at Klet can be searched in two ways. In the first one, pick a starting letter of asteroid's name from the listed alphabet. In the second way, start writing an expression to search (diacritics is allowed), and after at least three letters are typed, the results are automatically listed. The search can also be performed only on asteroid names, catalogue numbers, date of discovery or names of the discoverers.
Discovered by 21.09.1999 by M. Tichý on Klet observatory
MPC 46012 (24.06.2002)
Pierre Francois André Méchain (1744-1804) discovered many comets and deep-sky objects. A colleague and friend of Messier, 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.