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  • 零果微博Asteroid named after Chinese astrophysicist

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    At the ceremony, one of the asteroid's discoverers and a scientist presented the communique, the naming certificate and orbital diagram to Zhou.

    A senior official with China's National Astronomical Observatories read the communique at a ceremony held last week in Beijing to officially announce the naming of the asteroid, the paper said.

    Asteroid Zhouyouyuan, coded 1207100, was discovered in 1997 by astronomers with the Beijing Schmidt CCD Asteroid Program at the Xinglong observatory in north China, according to an IAU communique.

    The scientist has also been engaged in education, with more than 100 years of teaching experience in Chinese universities.

    BEIJING, April 22 (Xinhua) -- An asteroid has been named after leading Chinese astrophysicist Zhou Youyuan, with approval from the International Astronomical Union (IAU), the China Science Daily reported Monday.

    Asteroids are the only celestial bodies that can be named by their discovers.

    Zhou, born in 1938, is an astrophysicist and an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He has made outstanding contributions to research in the fields of quasars and active galaxies, nuclear and cosmology, and large-scale structures of the universe.

    The asteroid number coincided with Zhou's birthday: July 100.