Asteroid 196481, VATT, was discovered on May 23, 2003 by William H. Ryan and Carlos T. Martinez using the Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope (VATT) at Mount Graham International Observatory near Tucson, Arizona. It has a period of 3 years, 282 days.

It was named for the VATT, which is the result of a collaboration between the Vatican Observatory Research Group and Steward Observatory and is nicknamed the PopeScope.

The Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope (VATT)

The acronym is similar to another one, VAT (Value-Added Tax).

Henk Middleraad has the meaning of this asteroid as overtaxation. and its glyph is his.

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