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 Aesculapia

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Aesculapia (asteroid 1027) was discovered on the 11th November 1923. It's name comes from the Roman version of the Greek God of Medicine, Asclepius. Mythology In 293BC a plague hit Rome. Ambassadors were sent to Greece to retrieve a statue of the Roman healer God Ascelpius....

Asteroid Pallas

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Astronomy Pallas was discovered by Heinrich Wilhelm Matthäus Olbers on the 28th March 1802. One of the largest asteroids in the solar system, she is also one of the most irregular shaped bodies. Together with her eccentric orbit, Pallas is rather inaccessible to spacecraft. A high...

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 Angel

Asteroid Angel was discovered by C.S. Shoemaker and D.H.Levy (yes the ones after which the Levy-Shoemaker comet was named which famously crashed into Jupiter in 1994). The date of discovery of Angel was June 4th 1992 at Palomar Observatory in San Diego, California. Angel has...

Asteroid Pandora

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Asteroid Pandora was discovered on the 10th September 1858 by astronomer George Mary Searle. Pandora is one of the larger asteroids, bright and part of the main asteroid belt which orbits between Mars and Jupiter. Her orbital period is around 4.58 years. Pandora was named...