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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 4.01.1989 by A. Mrkos on Klet observatory
MPC 31611 (11.04.1998)
Named in memory of Jean-Luis Pons (1761-1831), whose name appears on 26 different comets and who claimed to discover as many as 37. Initially hired as the doorkeeper of the Marseilles Observatory, he soon showed his proficiency for both constructing and using telescopes, and at the end of his career he was directing observatories in Tuscany. He discovered comet 2P/Encke in both 1805 and 1818, and although it is named for the person who recognized this and other apparitions of it as being one and the same body, Encke himself always referred to it as "Pons' comet". Name suggested by J. Tichá, citation prepared by B. G. Marsden.