Asteroid named after disappeared Astronomy Student

Ana Teresa DiegoThe International Astronomical Union’s Committee on Small Body Nomenclature has decided to name an asteroid lying in the main asteroid belt between the Mars and Jupiter on the name of the disappeared 22-year old Astronomy Student, “Ana Teresa Diego”, “Anadiego”. She was kidnapped from the library of the National University of La Plata, Argentina on September 30, 1976 during Argentina’s 1976-1983 military regimes.

Zaida Franz, mother of Ana Diego, felt emotional on this naming and wrote in an open letter,

“”My dearest daughter, at last I can write to you, now that I have a place to find you: Asteroid 11441, between Mars and Jupiter. I never found out where Ana’s body was,” she said. “Now I know that she is in an asteroid with her name. Not only her, but all of the disappeared.”

Usually the committee avoids the naming on politicians but makes exceptions for those working for human rights.

‘‘It struck me as a good idea to name an asteroid after a student who wanted to become an astronomer and had fought for her ideals,’’ said Adrian Brunini, the university’s dean of astronomy.

Asteroids are the remnants from the birth of the solar system.

“Anadiego” orbits the sun every 4.1 years.

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