Asteroid Arachne

I planned to write about Pallas-Athena today but something about Arachne kept calling me back to her. I have a spider living nearby that looks distinctly like a false widow. She made a web on my balcony last week. This week she's moved to...

Asteroid Psyche

Psyche and Eros
Asteroid Psyche was discovered by Annibale de Gasparis on March 17th, 1852 in Naples. Whilst Psyche followed the same established pattern of being allocated a symbol (a butterfly's wing and a star), she was the first asteroid to become known by her astronomical number...

Asteroid Vesta

Hubble Picture 82
Vesta was discovered by Heinrich Wilhelm Olbers on the 29th March 1807 in Bremen and named by astronomer friend Carl Friedrich Gauss who helped to calculate Vesta's orbit. Vesta is the 3rd largest asteroid after Ceres and Pallas and the 4th to be discovered...

Asteroid Lucifer

1930 Asteroid Lucifer was discovered by E. Roemer at Flagstaff (USNO) on the 29th October 1964. Lucifer's Tale Once you start reading into the mythology, you soon find that there is a whole hoo-ha on who exactly Lucifer was. Notably, the name (or rather the Hebrew...

Asteroid Sisyphus

Asteroid Sisyphus was discovered on the 5th December 1972 at 02:28 by Paul Wild at Zimmerwald observatory in Bern, Switzerland. The largest of the Apollo asteroids, Sisyphus is an Earth-crosser meaning that it's passage through the sky takes it through Earth's orbit. There is no...

Dwarf Planet Eris

Eris Speaks: I want to see you scrabbling on the ground, hands bloodied, hair matted, face twisted. I want to pull your strings to see which way you jerk – maybe to see if you ARE a jerk. I want to bite and twist...

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