Tagged: Minor Planets

Among my favourite asteroids: (2309) Mr. Spock - Out of Space

Duncan Steel Nov 27, 2019

[avatar user=”duncansteel” size=”thumbnail” align=”right” /] Minor planet/asteroid (2309) Mr. Spock is named not for the character in Star Trek, but for a cat that was itself imperturbable, logical, intelligent and had pointed ears.  In a preceding blog post I introduced one of my favourite asteroids, (2472) Bradman, and also mentioned (6581) Sobers amongst a few others. I did have … Read More

Among my favourite asteroids: (2472) Bradman - Out of Space

Duncan Steel Nov 25, 2019

[avatar user=”duncansteel” size=”thumbnail” align=”right” /] There are many thousands of asteroids with formal names, some humdrum but other more noteworthy (depending on your predilections). One of my favourites, the name of which I was involved in suggesting, is (2472) Bradman, named for the Australian cricketing great. After discussing (2472) Bradman, I also make some comments about (6581) Sobers.  As a … Read More

An invitation to name a star and a planet - Out of Space

Duncan Steel Sep 04, 2019

[avatar user=”duncansteel” size=”thumbnail” align=”right” /] The International Astronomical Union (IAU) — the global organisation of professional astronomers — is marking its centenary this year by inviting different nations to propose names for both a distant star, and a planet found to orbit it (a so-called exoplanet). Anyone can suggested a moniker, for the star, for the planet, or both. So: … Read More

It’s crowded at the edge of the solar system   - Out of Space

Duncan Steel Jan 01, 2019

[avatar user=”duncansteel” size=”thumbnail” align=”right” /] Looking out at the stars it would be easy to think that the solar system is mostly empty, bar the handful of planets circuiting the Sun and the occasional comet we see passing by. The reality, we now know, is that the edge of the solar system contains a vast population of substantial objects orbiting … Read More