Daily cosmobite: asteroid anniversary

17_Selene on 17 Dec 2013_JPLGerman astronomer Max Wolf (1863-1932) discovered over 200 asteroids or minor planets. Wolf’s large output resulted from the use of pioneering photographic techniques for his searches. He discovered the asteroid 580 Selene on this day in 1905. Selene circles the Sun between Mars and Jupiter.

The path of the asteroid 580 Selene. Courtesy JPL/NASA

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