Vitusbering


Asteroid 15732, Vitusbering, was discovered on November 15, 1990 by Eric W. Elst at the European Southern Observatory. It has a period of 5 years, 239 days and is 19.88 kilometers (about 12 and 1/3 miles) in diameter.

It was named for Danish navigator and explorer Vitus Bering (1681-1741), known for his voyages to the far northern Pacific in the service of the Russian navy. He reached the west coast of Alaska during the Second Kamchatka Expedition (1733-1743) and the Bering Sea and Bering Strait are named for him, as is the submerged region of Beringia, over which the ancestors of the Native Americans, Inuit and other indigenous peoples of the Western Hemisphere migrated from what is now eastern Russia in prehistoric times.

The meaning of asteroid Vitusbering seems to be: discovering or attaining new worlds; wild, cold places.



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