Fuchs


Asteroid 9638, Fuchs, was discovered August 10, 1994 by Eric W. Elst at La Silla Observatory in Chile. It has a period of 3 years, 264 days.

It was named for the German physician and botanist Leonhard Fuchs (1501-1566), an advocate of herbal medicine who is notable as the author of a 1542 book on the subject, De Historia Stirpium Commentarii Insignes ("Notable commentaries on the history of plants"), which contained over 500 accurate and detailed drawings of plants. The flower called fuchsia, discovered for Europeans in the Dominican Republican in 1696, is named for him, and the color fuchsia is also derived from his name via the brand name of a dye first produced by a French manufacturer Renard frères et Franc. It was named, not from the flower, but to capitalize on the popularity of fuchsias as garden plants and the fact that Renard and Fuchs both mean "fox" in French and German, respectively.

A 1541 portrait of Leonhard Fuchs by Heinrich Fullmaurer


Astrologically, asteroid Fuchs seems to indicate having or experiencing sex (Raymond Scott); possibly, herbal medicine, botany, or foxes.



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