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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 2.09.1986 by A. Mrkos on Klet observatory
MPC 34621 (4.05.1999)
Named in memory of the American scientist, philosopher and statesman Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), who was one of the brightest and most creative scholars of his time. He contributed in many areas of natural science: electricity, aurorae, earthquakes and atmospheric storms. Franklin proposed the two kinds of electric charge, positive and negative, and his famous experiments in 1752 with kites flown into the storm clouds lead to the invention of the lightning rod. Name suggested by J. Tichá and M. Šolc.