May 09 – Discovery of Asteroid 564 Dudu

Asteroid 564 Dudu was discovered on May 9th, 1905 by Paul G├Âtz at Heidelberg, a hotbed of minor planet detecting at the time. Dudu is in the main belt, and measures about 49 to 50 km across.

Friedrich Nietzsche (from the title page of the first edition of 'Also Sprach Zarathustra')
Friedrich Nietzsche (from the first edition of ‘Also Sprach Zarathustra’)

The name Dudu comes from that of a fictional cat in Also Sprach Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche, a work in which humans are seen as being at a halfway stage between apes and super- or over-humans. Nietzsche obviously never watched Britain’s Got Talent.

Also today we have asteroid 565 Marbachia, discovered by Max Wolf, himself a veritable ├╝bermensch among asteroid hunters. Marbachia (named after Marbach, Germany) was also discovered at Heidelberg, possibly on the same telescope as Dudu.

Last updated: May 07, 2019.