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9617 Grahamchapman

9617 Grahamchapman is an asteroid in the main belt between Mars and Jupiter.

Name

Grahamchapman is named after British comedian Graham Chapman, who died in 1989. The asteroid is one of many main belt asteroids named after famous personalities. It is the first in a series of six asteroids carrying the names of members of the Monty Python comedy troupe:

Discovery

Grahamchapman was discovered on 17 March 1993, at the European Southern Observatory during the Uppsala-ESO Survey of Asteroids and Comets (UESAC). Its provisional designation was . In early 2006, observations by the Ondřejov NEO Photometric Program determined that 9617 Grahamchapman is a binary asteroid.

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