August 16 – Asteroid 46 Hestia

Main belt asteroid 46 Hestia was discovered on August 16th 1857 from the Radcliffe Obsetvatory, Oxford, by N R Pogson. Hestia (Greek goddess of the hearth) is a “c type” body of about 124 km diameter. Pogson gave the honour of naming her to astronomer, coin collector, and veteran of the 1810-12 Siege of Cadiz, Admiral William Henry Smyth.


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1873 – Discovery of asteroid 133 Cyrene.

1885 – Discovery of asteroid 249 Ilsa.

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