January 29 – Asteroid 180 Garumna

S-type main belt asteroid 180 Garumna was discovered by Henri Joseph Perrotin on January 29th 1878. Perrotin was working in Toulouse at the time, which probably affected the choice of name for his discovery (see below) a habit carried on from his first find, 138 Tolosa (Toulouse).

Garonne river in Toulouse. View from the southern bank. The green bridge is Pont Saint-Pierre. (Image: Tiia Monto)

Garonne river in Toulouse. View from the southern bank. The green bridge is Pont Saint-Pierre. (Image: Tiia Monto)

Garumna is the Latin name for the Garonne river, which rises in the Spanish Pyrenees and flows northwards through southern France before emptying into the Gironde.


Asteroid 382 Dodona was discovered on this day in 1894 by Auguste Charlois. It’s fairly big (over 58km in diameter) and classified as M-type, implying it is probably largely metallic in composition.

The ancient theater of Dodona, Epirus, Greece. (Image: Onno Zweers)

The ancient theater of Dodona, Epirus, Greece. (Image: Onno Zweers)

Dodona is in northwestern Greece, and was the site of the oracle of Dione and Zeus, second only to Delphi in prestige. Oracles were taken seriously by all strata of Greek society. King Croesus was so keen to make sure he was getting accurate information from them he sent emmisaries to all the major oracles and got them all to predict at the same time what he was doing. Delphi proved to be the most accurate, informing the king that he was cooking a lamb and tortoise stew. I’m pretty sure the average 21st century astrologer or psychic couldn’t compete with that.


1894   ⇒   Also on January 28th, we have the discovery of C-type main belt asteroid 383 Janina. And for the second time today it was spotted by Auguste Charlois.


 

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