Asteroid 1497, Tampere, was discovered on September 22, 1938 by Yrjo Vaisala at Turku, Finland. It has a period of 4 years, 339 days.

It was named for the city of Tampere, Finland, the country's third-largest city after Helsinki and the largest inland city in any Nordic country.

A view of the city of Tampere at night

The meaning of asteroid Tampere, as determined by Henk Middelraad, seems to be what its name might suggest: tampering.

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