(4798) Mercator

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( 4798 ) Mercator is one of the main asteroid belt, which was discovered on 26 September 1989 by the Belgian astronomer Eric Walter Elst at the La Silla Observatory of the European Southern Observatory ( IAU code 809).

The asteroid was named after the Flemish mathematician and cartographer Gerhard Mercator, who was known as the creator of globes and world map ( Mercator projection ).