October 26 – asteroid 32 Pomona 

Main belt asteroid 32 Pomona was discovered on October 26, 1854, by Hermann Goldschmidt. It is a stony “S-type” asteroid of, according to IRAS observations, just under 81 km wide. Travelling at around 18 km per second, Pomona orbits the Sun once every 1,520 days.

Pomona (Nicolas Fouché, 1653-1733).

If the name Pomona reminds you of apples, that’s not a coincidence, as she was the Roman goddess of fruits and orchards. From her Latin root (pommum) the French get their pomme, and the rest of us get pommade, which was originally perfumed with apples.


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