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Asteroid 210271 Samarkand (2007 TU2)

On a spectacularly clear night in October 2007, two astronomers pored over celestial images during the course of their usual work at Maidanak Observatory, high in the hills near the town of Kitob, in southern Uzbekistan.
As they examined the images, they noticed a star-like object moving along an apparent orbital path, and decided to track the object and provide the preliminary data to the International Astronomical Union (IAU) Minor Planet Centre (MPC), run by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and Harvard College Observatory in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
To the delight of Alexey Sergeyev, a visiting Ukrainian astronomer, and Bahodir Hafizov, the resident Uzbek astronomer at Maidanak, the MPC confirmed that the object had not been previously documented in their catalogue. The Centre assigned the object a provisional designation, and the real work began.

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