New Asteroid Discovered by Bulgarian Astronomers

Society | December 14, 2008, Sunday // 00:00

Bulgarian scientists have discovered a new asteroid in the Taurus constellation, the Space Research Centre of the Sofia University announced.

The object is 2 km in diameter and presently situated in the inner parts of the main asteroid belt, making its full turn around the Sun for a period of 3.2 years, scientists said.

The asteroid has temporarily been dubbed 2008 WN96 by the international organization at Harvard.

According to reports the Bulgarian asteroid must be given a name by December 20 and now Levski is the most favored name, although not the final proposal.

The three young scientists who discovered the asteroid have found a total of nine new celestial bodies, including the 2005 UT12, the 2007 PQ2 and the 2007 QD2, since 2005, in spite of lack of government financing, the center added.

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