Asteroid 5049, Sherlock, was discovered on November 2, 1981 by Edward "Ted" Bowel;l at Lowell Observatory near Flagstaff, Arizona. It has a period of 3 years, 95 days and is about 3 1/8 miles in diameter.

It was named after Sherlock Holmes, the fictional detective created by British writer Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930).

British actor Basil Rathbone's iconic 1930s interpretation of Sherlock Holmes

In the MPC citation, Holmes' ignorance of astronomy is mentioned; he does not care about it because he regards it as irrelevant to his life and work.

Astrologically, Sherlock seems to indicate what its name suggests: "it's elementary" (Henk Middelraad); also, detective work, observation and deduction; possibly, ignorant of a.subject because of it being regarded as irrelevant..

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