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Asteroid (101955) 1999 RQ36 needs a name. Here's how parents, teachers, and other mentors can help kids name an asteroid.

  1. Read about OSIRIS-REx and (101955) 1999 RQ36.
  2. Read the contest rules.
  3. Read the guidelines used by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) for naming near-Earth asteroids.
  4. Decide on a name and write a paragraph explaining why the name is the best choice for 1999 RQ36. The paragraph is limited to 900 characters, including spaces.
  5. Fill out the contest entry form below before the contest deadline, December 2, 2012 December 31, 2012 at 3:59 p.m. PST / 11:59 pm UTC.

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