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...

New Moon in Libra – September 2011 – Hope Springs

Hope is like a road in the country; there was never a road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence.  ~Lin Yutang The New Moon occurs at 11:08 Universal Time on the 27th September 2011 at exactly 4 degrees Libra. The New...

Asteroid Vesta

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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...

Norman Wisdom – A New Star in the Heavens

I have to say I was sad to hear of the death of Norman Wisdom yesterday. He was a staple of my childhood. I can still remember crying with laughter when I perhaps six or seven as I watched his antics with Mr. Grimsdale....

Asteroid Isis – A Sum of Parts

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ASTRONOMY Asteroid 42 was discovered on May 23rd 1856 by Norman R. Pogson of Oxford England.  The name however was given by the astronomer-director of Radcliffe Observatory.  It is thought that the name may have some reference to Pogson's daughter Elizabeth whose middle name was Isis...

Asteroid Hekate

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Hekate was officially discovered by J.C. Watson on July 11th 1868. Her number is 100 as she was the 100th asteroid discovered. Orbiting in the outer main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, she is located in the same region as the Hygeia asteroid...