Asteroid 5651 Traversa, was discovered on February 14, 1991 by Eric W. Elst at Observatoire de Haute-Provence (Haute Provence Observatory in English) in Saint-Michel-l'Observatoire, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, France. It has a period of 5 years, 207 days and is 26.88 kilometers in diameter (a little less than 16 3/4 miles).

It was named for astronomer Gilles Traversa, who served as Elst's technical night assistant at the Observatory of Haute Provence in the 1980s and 1990s.

The meaning of asteroid Traversa is: zigzag (Henk Middleraad); possibly also, to traverse.

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