July 19 – Discovery of Asteroid 226 Weringia (1882)

Main belt asteroid 226 Weringia was discovered on July 19, 1882 by the great Austrian asteroid hunter, Johann Palisa.  In under 50 years Palisa identified 122 asteroids, Weringia being one of nine he found in 1882.

Weringia is a fairly bright body of 34 km diameter, but little more is known of it, except that photometric observations from 2008 made by Kingsgrove Observatory in New South Wales, Australia, give it a rotation period (day) of 11.4 hours (Minor Planet Bulletin, Vol. 36, No. 4).   It is named after the district of  Währing in Vienna.


Today’s artistic offering shows the church of St Gertude in Währing, about 1850, by an unknown artist.

Palisa’s home town (called Troppau then, now Opava) is these days located in the Czech Republic, and the local university at Ostrava thought highly enough of their local hero to re-name their observatory and planetarium after him in 2000.