Asteroid 318 Magdalena, discovered on September 24th 1891 by Auguste Charlois, is a main belt asteroid of about 105 to 106 km diameter, of unknown composition. The reason the name was chosen remains officially a mystery, but Charlois was working in Nice, to where Mary Magdalene was said to have travelled, and he was born in Provence, which has a very strong connection with Mary M., so I’m using that as a good enough reason to include a painting.
|Orbital period||5.71 years|
|orbital speed||16.67 km/sec|
|Semi-major axis||3.194 AU|
|Longitude of ascending node||161.671°|
|Argument of Perihelion||300.312°|
(Epoch – Jan 20, 2005).
ALSO TODAY . . . .
1964 – Launch of Kosmos 46 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. Kosmos 46 spent 8 days in orbit, taking in the view and photographing it, before returning a capsule of film by parachute.