The 2005 Flagstaff Festival of Science features a contest to come up
with a name for an asteroid. The asteroid to be named this year was discovered
by Lowell Observatory astronomer Dr. Edward Bowell, Director of the
In addition to the privilege of naming an asteroid, the winner of the
Multiple exposure image
of the 2002 Festival Asteroid
(12912) 1998 SR60
taken at the US Naval Observatory
Flagstaff Station in May 2002.
The asteroid images are the
four faint images in a slanted line near the center:
the four images were taken seven
minutes apart, and reveal the
asteroid's motion against the
background of distant stars.
Click on the image to see an animated
version of the same images (285 KB).
Since 1996, the Flagstaff Festival of Science has featured an asteroid
naming contest. From September 23 until October 3, 2005, Arizona residents
are invited to participate in this year's contest and submit suggestions
for naming an asteroid.
Asteroid Names (197KB)
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Last updated: 31 August 2005
In addition to the privilege of naming an asteroid, the winner of the contest receives: