Asteroid Named After Bulgaria Revolutionary Levski

Society | April 15, 2009, Wednesday // 08:37|  views

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The proposal of Bulgarian astronomers to call an asteroid they discovered Levski has been approved by the International Astronomical Union.

The Committee on Small Body Nomenclature in the Solar System at the International Astronomical Union approved the proposal of Bulgarian astronomers, discoverers of the 204831 asteroid, to name the cosmic body after Bulgarian revolutionary Vasil Levski.

Levski was selected by a nationwide poll as the greatest Bulgarian of all time, the official NASA website reports. The asteroid was discovered on August 14 2007 at the Zvezdno Obshtestvo Observatory.

Vasil Levski was the nickname of Vasil Ivanov Kunchev (18 July 1837-18 February 1873), an ethnic Bulgarian revolutionary renowned as the national hero of Bulgaria. Dubbed the Apostle of Freedom, Levski ideologised and strategised a revolutionary movement to liberate Bulgaria from Ottoman rule. Founding the Internal Revolutionary Organisation, Levski sought to foment a nationwide uprising through a network of secret regional committees.


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