Celestial: Chiron Discovery

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Celestial: Chiron Discovery Gender: N/A
Discovery date
born on 1 November 1977 at 10:00 (= 10:00 AM )
Place Pasadena, California, 34n09, 118w09
Timezone PST h8w (is standard time)
Data source
News report
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 09°12' s_mo.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 12°31 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 26°03'

Celestial: Chiron Discovery (Hubble Space Telescope image taken in 2015)


Solar System body, also known as 2060 Chiron or 95P/Chiron, which orbits the Sun between Saturn and Uranus. It was named after the centaur Chiron, a half-human, half-horse creature in Greek mythology. Discovered in 1977 by American astronomer Charles Kowal (1940-2011), it was the first-identified member of a new class of objects now known as centaurs--bodies orbiting between the asteroid belt and the Kuiper belt.

It was found near aphelion on 1 November 1977 and at the time of discovery it was the most distant known minor planet. Chiron was even claimed as the tenth planet by the press. Chiron was later found on several precovery images, going back to 1895, which allowed its orbit to be accurately determined.

Although it was initially called an asteroid and classified only as a minor planet with the designation "2060 Chiron", it was later found to exhibit behavior typical of a comet. Today it is classified as both a minor planet and a comet, and is accordingly also known by the cometary designation "95P/Chiron". Chiron has been listed as possibly a dwarf planet with a measured diameter of 206 km (128 miles) which is near the lower limit for an icy dwarf planet (around 200 km, or 124 miles).


Source Notes

Various astrologers give these data for the first sighting by Charles Kowall of the asteroid Chiron.


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  • Mundane : Misc. Mundane : Discoveries (Chiron)