Asteroid 2555, Thomas, was discovered on July 17, 1980 by Edward Bowell at the Anderson Mesa unit of Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona. It has a period of 4 years, 316 days.

It was named for astronomer Norman G. Thomas, a longtime associate of the Lowell Observatory.

The name Thomas, which has enjoyed long popularity in the Western world as a male given name, is of Hebrew origin, means "twin," and was the name of one of Jesus of Nazareth's disciples. The Apostle Thomas is known as "the doubter" or "doubting Thomas" for refusing to take the story of Jesus' resurrection on faith: he only believed after Jesus appeared to him and he handled the wounds Jesus had sustained during his crucifixion. Legend has it that Thomas introduced Christianity to India.

The Incredulity of Saint Thomas (ca. 1622), a painting by Dutch artist Hendrick ter Brugghen (1588-1629)

The meaning of asteroid Thomas seems to be informed by the Biblical story of Thomas: skepticism, wanting proof,rejection of standards. It can also be a name asteroid for people named Thomas.

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