Thursday, 19 May 2016

Astrognome Scrapbook asteroid Irene


On May 19th 1851 John Russell hind discovered the asteroid 14 Irene is a large main-belt asteroid, discovered by John Russell Hind on May 19, 1851.  The 14 refers to the 14th asteroid to be discovered. Irene was one of the Horae, a daughter of Zeus and Themis. 

It was Sir John Herschel son of Sir William Herschel who discovered the planet Uranus that suggested the name Irene. It is currently in Taurus.

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