AN ASTEROID NAMED 'GLASGOW'

The Asteroid was discovered on 18 December 1985 by Dr Edward Bowell at the Anderson Mesa Station of the Lowell observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Originally recorded as Minor Planet No. 5805, it was officially redesignated 'GLASGOW' on 19 October 1994 for both the City and the Astronomical Society of Glasgow.

This event was publicly announced on 23 November, 1994 at a civic dinner marking the 100th Anniversary of the Society, hosted by Glasgow City Council.

The asteroids are minor planets which lie between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.   By 1868 only a hundred asteroids had been found, but now the list contains tens of thousands.

Asteroid 'GLASGOW' orbits the sun at semimajor axis 2.6AU, has an modest eccentricity of 0.11 and an inclination of 12 degrees.  Its diameter is about 19 km if a C-class asteroid or 10 km if S-class (equally likely).  Thus its surface area is larger than that of the city for which it is named.

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Comet Hale Bopp by
Nigel Bryant

AN ASTEROID NAMED 'ARCHIEROY'

The Asteroid was discovered on 11 January 1986 by Dr Edward Bowell at the Anderson Mesa Station of the Lowell observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Originally recorded as Minor Planet No. 5806, it was officially redesignated 'ARCHIEROY' on 19 October 1994 in honour of Archibald Edmiston Roy (1924-), Scottish Astrophysicist, teacher, writer and President of the Astronomical Society of Glasgow.

Asteroid 5806 'ARCHIEROY' is a somewhat unusual Hungaria-type asteroid orbiting at 1.96 AU with an eccentricity of 0.04 and an inclination of 21 degrees.  It is likely to be an 'E' Class asteroid of 5 km diameter.

AN ASTEROID NAMED 'KENNEDY 7166'

The Asteroid was discovered on 15 October 1985 by Dr Edward Bowell at the Anderson Mesa Station of the Lowell observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona.

The asteroid was named 'KENNEDY 7166' on 8 August, 1998 by the International Astronomical Union in memory of Malcolm Kennedy (1944-1997), Secretary of the Astronomical Society of Glasgow, who died in a road accident in Hungary, November 1997, on a mercy mission carrying aid to eastern Europe.


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