Asteroid 13069, Umbertoeco, was discovered on September 6, 1991 by Eric W. Elst at Haute Provence Observatory (Observatoire de Haute-Provence, or OHP), near St. Michel l'Observatoire, Alpes de Haute-Provence, France. It has a period of 3 years, 239 days.

It was named for Italian philosopher and novelist Umberto Eco (born 1932).

Umberto Eco

Eco's books include The Name of the Rose (1980), Foucault's Pendulum (1988), The Island Of The Day Before (1995), and Baudolino (2001).

The Name of the Rose is set in a medieval monastery in northern Italy, in which several murders have taken place and in which an important religious conference is taking place; English Franciscan friar William of Baskerville and his assistant Adso of Melk investigate the murders. In Foucault's Pendulum, three underemployed people at a small publishing house amuse themselves by inventing a conspiracy theory about a secret society that wants to take over the world, a game which becomes an obsession and then dangerous when outsiders learn of "The Plan" and take it seriously. The Island Of The Day Before is about a man marooned on a desert island who spends his time reminiscing about his life and the events that led to his predicament. Baudolino is about a medieval knight who saves a Byzantine historian during the sack of Constantinople in the Fourth Crusade and tells of his life story; he brags of his ability to swindle and tell tall tales, and both the historian and the reader are left wondering how much of his story was a lie. (Source: Wikipedia.)

Henk Middleraad links asteroid Umbertoeco to the following: Lives built on wrong impression and falsehoods. Line between truth and fantasy. Focusing on facts rather than the stories about the facts.

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