Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 12:10 am by M. in    No comments
Now that the New Horizons is nearer to Pluto than to Earth and the Dawn mission is orbiting Ceres in the asteroid belt, maybe is a good moment to remember that there are three tiny asteroids named after each one of the Brontë Sisters:

The three were discovered on 29 September 1973 by Cornelis Johannes van Houten and Ingrid van Houten-Groeneveld on photographic plates taken by Tom Gehrels at Palomar Observatory near Pauma Valley, California.
39427 Charlottebronte Orbital period 7.95 years.
39428 Emilybrontë. Orbital period 3.88 years.
39429 Annebrontë. Orbital period 3.79 years.


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