16 October 2018
An asteroid has been named after Nan Rendong, the founding scientist of China's Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (FAST), with approval from the International Astronomical Union (IAU). Asteroid Nanrendong, coded 79694, was discovered on Sept. 25, 1998, by astronomers with the Beijing Schmidt CCD Asteroid Program at the Xinglong observatory in northern China, according to a recent IAU communique.
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