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KCG Dean Yasuko Hasegawa's name on asteroid

Planetary orbits from Mercury to Saturn
Planetary orbits from Mercury to Saturn

Yasukohasegawa" and the name of Yasuko Hasegawa, the current president of Kyoto Computer Gakuin (KCG), were recently registered for naming an asteroid (26855).Yasuko Hasegawa, the current Dean of the Institute, is the first female student in the Department of Astrophysics, Faculty of Science, Kyoto University, and a pioneer in the use of computers in astrophysics research.KCG was founded as Japan's first computer education institute with its origins in astrophysics research, and the fact that the name of the current president has been adopted for the asteroid is a great encouragement for the KCG Group, including its more than 50,000 graduates, to continue to develop further in the future.

There are not only eight planets orbiting the sun, but also numerous asteroids.Since the beginning of this century, the number of discovered orbits has rapidly increased to more than 1 million, of which about 700,000 have been determined.Asteroid discovery is the result of the humble task of picking out anomalous motions from a large number of stars.Many of the discoverers are Japanese amateur astronomers, and this asteroid was discovered by Mr. Kazuo Watanabe at the Kitami Observatory in Hokkaido, Japan, in 1992.

According to NASA's website ( ), "Yasukohasegawa" orbits between Mars and Jupiter in a near circular orbit with a period of about five years.The size is uncertain, but it is about 9 km, which is large for an asteroid.It should be visible in the direction of Virgo at midnight, but since it is 18th magnitude, it can only be seen through a large telescope.The figure shows planetary orbits from Mercury to Saturn, all orbiting counterclockwise.

Asteroid naming is performed by the International Astronomical Union Asteroid Center based on an application by the discoverer.They are named after world deities, storybook characters, famous scientists and artists, but not politicians, corporate names, or the names of the discoverers themselves.Many are named after Japanese people or places in Japan, and even survivors have become better in recent years.

The present President Yasuko Hasegawa established a private school in Wakayama Prefecture with the first President Shigeo Hasegawa when she was a student at the Department of Astrophysics, Faculty of Science, Kyoto University.In May 1963, in conjunction with the promotion of scientific and technological computing at Kyoto University, the current president Yasuko Hasegawa launched the "FORTRAN Research Group," which became the first computer education institution in Japan, and was the origin of Kyoto Computer Gakuin.The group later changed its name to the Kyoto Software Research Group.The target audience was expanded to include researchers from various universities in the Kansai region as well as corporate researchers, and training in various applications was also provided.