Serendip


Asteroid 6568, Serendip, was discovered February 21, 1993 by Seiji Ueda and Hiroshi Kaneda at Kushiro, Hokkaido, Japan. It has a period of 4 years, 22 days.

Serendip is the Persian and Urdu word for Sri Lanka. It became known to the English-speaking word through the 1557 book The Three Princes of Serendip by Italian writer Michele Tramezzino, which was based on a Persian fairy tale about three wandering princes of Sri Lanka who, among other things, determined the nature of a lost camel they had never seen through various clues the camel and its rider had left behind that they happened upon on the road. The 18th-century British writer Horace Walpole was inspired by this story to coin the term "serendipity," meaning "fortunate accident" or "pleasant surprise".

The meaning of asteroid Serendip seems to be serendipity, stumbling onto things one wasn't looking for (not necessarily positive things); possibly, Sri Lanka or things having to do with Sri Lanka.



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