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(15760) 1992 QB1, also written (15760) 1992 QB1, was the first trans-Neptunian object to be discovered after Pluto and Charon. It was discovered in 1992 by David C. Jewitt and Jane X. Luu at the Mauna Kea Observatory, Hawaii. It is a classical Kuiper belt object and gave rise to the name cubewano for this kind of object, after the "QB1" portion of its designation.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> Decoding its provisional designation, "QB1" reveals that it was the 27th object found in the second half of August of that year.[1] Over 1,500 further objects have been found beyond Neptune, a good number of which are classical Kuiper belt objects.

The discoverers suggested the name "Smiley" for (15760) 1992 QB1,<ref>What Lurks in the Outer Solar System? ([email protected], 13 September 2001)</ref> but the name was already used for an asteroid 1613 Smiley, named after the American astronomer Charles Hugh Smiley. It has received the number 15760<ref name="Buie"/> and remains unnamed; it is normally referred to simply as "QB1", even though this is technically ambiguous without the year of discovery.


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