Asteroid 11969, Gay-Lussac, was discovered August 10,1994 by Eric W. Elst at the European Southern Observatory. It has a period of 4 years, 233 days and is about 2 2/3 miles in diameter.

It was named for French scientist Joseph-Louis Gay-Lussac (1778-1850), who is known mainly for his work with gases, how they combine and expand; for figuring out the composition of water (with Alexander von Humboldt); for his work on alcohol-water mixtures; for co-discovering boron; and for naming iodine and the lab instruments known as the burette and the pipette.

Joseph-Louis Gay-Lussac

Astrologically, asteroid Gay-Lussac seems to indicate gayness (Peter Standaart); possibly, inflation by being heated, or measuring alcohol by volume.

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