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The Assignment of New Name for Minor Planet

The Assignment Ceremony

Yangguanghua Statue 

On Oct. 3, 2018, the assignment ceremony for the minor planet 1997 XR9 was held in China University of Petroleum.  It was named as Yangguanghua by the National Astronomical Oobservatories, CAS, which would be reported to  Small Body Nomenclature (CSBN) of the International Astronomical Union.

YANG Guanghua(1923-2006) is the founder and former president of the university, who has made tremendous contributions to its development. He is also the leading expert in chemical engineering and educationist. As one of the founders of Chinese petroleum process and chemical reaction science, the inauguration of petroleum higher education of China, he served as the president and other leadership posts of the univeristy and was deeply respected by the teachers and students. 

The minor planet 1997 XR9 was discovered by the Beijing Schmidt CCD Asteroid Program (SCAP) in 1997. It recieved the permanent number '10410'. Number '1' represents the pioneering role that YANG Guanghua played in Chinese petroleum higher education. Number '0410' represents his birthday (He was born on April 10, 1923).

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