Nihondaira Observatory Oohira Station
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Nihondaira Observatory Oohira Station

Nihondaira Observatory (also known as Oohira Station, Obs. code: 385) is an astronomical observatory that is located on a hill overlooking Shimizu, Japan.[1] It has been the source for numerous discoveries of minor planet by astronomer Takeshi Urata.[1]

In 2007, the observatory was ranked 43rd in the number of asteroids discovered, with a total of 163, but has since lost its ranking, as the top 50 discovery sites have all discovered more than 400 bodies as of 2016.[2] The International Astronomical Union's code for the observatory is 385.[3] The asteroid 2880 Nihondaira, discovered by astronomer Tsutomu Seki, is named for this observatory.[1] It is often called by its location, Shizuoka.

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  1. ^ a b c Schmadel, Lutz D. (2007). "(2880) Nihondaira". Dictionary of Minor Planet Names - (2880) Nihondaira. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. p. 237. doi:10.1007/978-3-540-29925-7_2881. ISBN 978-3-540-00238-3.
  2. ^ "Minor Planet Discovery Sites". Minor Planet Center. 24 February 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  3. ^ "List Of Observatory Codes". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 2016.

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