Asteroid 51772, Sparker (probably pronounced S. Parker), was discovered on June 16, 2001 by Ron Dyvig at Badlands Observatory in Quinn, South Dakota (west of Rapid City). It has a period of 4 years, 147 days.

It was named for Steve Parker (born 1951) a director of the Black Hills Astronomical Society's Hidden Valley Observatory in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Steve Parker

Although Sparker's name is probably pronounced "S Parker," with Mr. Parker's first initial distinct from his last name, its meaning, its meaning, as determined by Henk Middleraad, seems to be informed by the way the name looks ("sparker"): incite, activity.

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