Newly spotted asteroid near Venus earns name from Pauma band of Native Americans

Two years ago, astronomers operating the Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF) discovered the first known asteroid to circle the sun

The Native American Pauma band's ancestral land comprises the area around the Palomar Observatory

 the research team approached the Pauma to name the asteroid in what ZTF co-investigator George Helou called a "celebration

 The Pauma originally wanted to name the asteroid "Venus's daughter,"

The naming celebrations included Pauma band members of all ages visiting the observatory. 

"The ancestors of the Pauma band were in fact the first Palomar astronomers."

 the Pauma band to name three asteroids she had discovered in the late 1980s and early '90s

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