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December 28, 2014

Asteroid 85197 is named Ginkgo


Asteroid 85197 (1991 TG5) is named Ginkgo after the Ginkgo biloba tree. It is a main-belt asteroid discovered on October 5, 1991 by F. Borngen and L. D. Schmadel of the Karl Schwarzschild Observatory at Tautenburg, Germany. 
Read more on Wikipedia and on this site by NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California.
 
Ron Baalke pointed me to this asteroid on my Twitter. Ginkgo made its closest approach to Earth on December 24, 2014:



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