B 612 (The Little Prince)

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B 612 is the designation of the asteroid that is the home of the title character in Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's classic novella The Little Prince. In the story, the asteroid is described as having two active volcanoes, an extinct volcano and a rose.[1]

The name of the asteroid 46610 Bésixdouze was suggested by F. Hemery and Jiří Grygar as a reference to the novella. The number 46610 is B612 converted from hexadecimal notation to decimal, and Bésixdouze (French pronunciation: [be.sis.duːz]) is one way to pronounce B612 in French (lit. 'B six twelve').[2]

An open-source typeface designed for avionics, and developed for Airbus, was named B612.[3]

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  1. ^ Saint-Exupéry, Antoine de (2014-12-31). The Little Prince. Pelekanos Books. ISBN 9789604009473.
  2. ^ "(46610) Bésixdouze". Dictionary of Minor Planet Names. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. 2003. p. 895. doi:10.1007/978-3-540-29925-7_10040. ISBN 9783540002383.
  3. ^ http://intactile.com/en/projets/b612