1421 Esperanto

To read this article in Esperanto, please see malgrandaj-planedoj:1421

This minor planet is named after the constructed language invented by L. L. Zamenhof in 1887. It was one of the early conlangs of note, designed with the intent to be accessible to speakers of all European languages, and is today the most widely-spoken conlang in the world. Enthusiasts of this language often hold the values that motivated Zamenhoff: peace, international awareness, and hope, the latter of which partially inspired the name of the language.

There are multiple symbols of Esperanto, notably the color green, the verda stello, and the international flag of Esperanto speakers. The symbol for this asteroid, however, is derived from the jubilea simbolo, the jubilee symbol, which depicts a Latin capital letter E and a Cyrillic captial letter Э facing one another. In this derivation, the symbol is a large horizontally-bisected circle, separated vertically.

Interestingly, there is a concept known as a "Zamenhof-Esperanto object," or ZEO, which is just the cute name for a monument to the language or its creator. This asteroid and 1462 Zamenhof are two of the most remote ZEO's, but both are beaten out by the Voyager 1 and 2 probes, each of which bear inscriptions in Esperanto.

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