Minor White and Myke Collins discovered this asteroid on September 3, 1999.
At the time, this asteroid was 221 million km from Earth. It is only
about 3 km in size. This was our first asteroid to be named.
Alina Fiocca, a young daughter of close friends, inspires Minor by her ability to cheerfully
overcome daily obstacles in life.
The official IAU naming citation reads:
"Alina Terese Fiocca is a special little girl who was born with Down's syndrome.
She is a bright and beautiful princess, a daily inspiration in her ability to love
unconditionally and give wholeheartedly. Her good cheer and warmth towards everyone
brings a smile to all who meet her. Alina is a heavenly person; any celestial body would
be honored by sharing her name."