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Naming Citation:   RESTITUTUM = (54362) = 2000 KP38
Minor White and Myke Collins discovered this asteroid on May 26, 2000, in a dense region of the Milky Way in Sagittarius.  We were able to track it for only 11 days in this difficult region of the sky.  It was later linked to a 1999 sighting.  Then, with improvements to our software, we were able to recover it in a crowded Milky Way field several weeks later on August 4, 2000.

The official citation reads:

  "The definition of the Latin term restitutum refers to something that has been replaced or restored to its former place.  This minor planet was originally lost soon after discovery, then found again.  This name aptly describes its discovery circumstances."  

The name Restitutum was proposed by Scott Brodeur during our  naming campaign.  Originally from Nashua, NH, he is a Jesuit Priest and Professor.  Scott currently teaches Biblical Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Italy.  He holds three masters degrees, and a doctorate in Biblical Theology.