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Asteroid Snowdonia

Schools from across the UK have named a new asteroid discovered using the Faulkes Telescope Project's facility in Hawaii. The mountain-sized asteroid, found between Mars and Jupiter, has been officially named Snowdonia as a tribute to the beauty of this famous Welsh region.
The asteroid was officially recognised as part of a Near-Earth Object observing programme with German astronomers Lothar Kurtze and Felix Harmouth. UK schoolchildren were recruited by the Faulkes Telescope (FT) Education Director David Bowdley in spring 2006. They conducted the follow-up observations necessary to better understand the asteroid's orbit and ensure its recognition by astronomy authorities.

Facts about the asteroid Snowdonia:
Asteroid (129092)
Temporary Designation: 2004 WB10
Discovered: 19/11/2004
Rotation Period: 5.3 years
Location: Main belt of asteroids, between Mars and Jupiter
Approximate Size: 3 - 6 km

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