2460 Mitlincoln

This minor planet is named after the MIT Lincoln Laboratory, located in Lexington, Massachusetts. It is a science and technology research and development center that has a long history of working with the U.S. Department of Defense.

The symbol of this minor planet is a simplification of the logo of the Lincoln Laboratory. The logo is described as a pair of L's standing for the name, with one rotated 90 degrees to form a rectangle, enclosing a Lissajous figure generated by the parametric equations x = 3 sin(8πt/T) and y = 4 sin(6πt/T), for vertical y and horizontal x, traced from t=0 to t=T [1].

The symbol retains the rectangular shape made of the two L's, in the standard proportions of other vertically rectangular minor planet symbols, with the Lissajous figure in the center unfurled and simplified into a tiny circle.


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[1] https://www.ll.mit.edu/about/history/lincoln-laboratory-logo


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