Asteroid 2400 Derevskaya was discovered on September 17, 1972 by Tamara Smirnova at Nauchnyj, Ukraine in the Crimea. It has a period of 5 years, 75 days and is slightly less than 8 1/2 miles in diameter.

It was named for a Russian woman Alexandra Derevskaya (nee Semyonova; 1902-1959), who raised 48 orphans of different nationalities along with her husband Yemelyan during World War II.

Alexandra Derevskaya

The meaning of asteroid Derevskaya seems to be:to cut loose or be cut loose, to be orphaned,to be adrift, to be without a home.

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