Asteroid 17278, Viggh, was discovered on June 6, 2000 the Lowell Observatory Near-Earth Object Search at the Anderson Mesa Station near Flagstaff, Arizona. It has a period of 3 years, 299 days.

It was named for Herbert E. M. Viggh (born 1963), of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Lincoln Laboratory. he was responsible for software development, computer systems and data analysis of the Lincoln Near-Earth Asteroid Research (LINEAR) asteroid discovery program.

Herbert Viggh

"Vig" is the fee charged by a bookie for services or the interest charged by a loan shark; it derives from the Yiddish slang term "vigorish" (interest [on loans]) which originates from the Russian word vyigrysh (gain, winnings).

The meaning of asteroid Viggh seems to be informed by that: to pay a tax, to "pay the piper," to pay one's dues.

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