January 20 – Discovery of Asteroid 355 Gabriella (1893)

Today’s asteroid, 355 Gabriella, was discovered on January 20th, 1893, by Auguste Charlois, and is yet another nod to the Flammarion family. It is a fairly ordinary main belt asteroid, and is named for Gabrielle Renaudot Flammarion, general secretary of the Société Astronomique de France, and wife of Camille Flammarion, who we have also met in these pages.

Gabrielle Flammarion
Gabrielle Flammarion

Gabrielle was a bit of a Mars buff, and now has a crater on the red planet named in her honour.