Delambre


Asteroid 13962, Delambre, was discovered on August 3, 1991 by Eric W. Elst, at European Southern Observatory near Pedernales, Coquimbo, Chile. It has a period of 5 years, 255 days and is about 7 1/2 miles in diameter.

It was named for French astronomer Jean Baptiste Delambre (1749-1822). He read voraciously and trained his memory to a prodigious degree after a childhood illness left his eyes so sensitive he feared he would go blind. He wrote books on the history of astronomy (and even a manual on learning English); observed a transit of Mercury across the Sun's disk in 1796 when his colleagues had given up on it due to cloudy weather; and participated in the measuring of a meridian that runs through Paris as part of an effort to establish the length of the meter, defined as 1/10,000,000 of the distance from the north pole to the equator.

Jean Delambre


Astrologically, asteroid Delambre seems to indicate coming into one's own, gaining strength, determination bearing fruit.



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