For the primary time, a Malagasy identify has simply been awarded to an asteroid, an actual supply of pleasure for the nation’s astronomers. Located in our photo voltaic system, between the planets Mars and Jupiter, the star Besely, named after a small village positioned within the mid-western a part of the island, which since May 2022 has hosted the primary robotic astronomical observatory on the earth. Country. Information revealed on the event of International Asteroid Day on Thursday 30 June.
as reported from Antananarivo, Sarah Tetaud
It is a giant rock that floats greater than 100 million kilometers above our heads, 5 kilometers broad in diameter and takes about 5 years to orbit the solar. Until now it was recognized by the code identify 2000AS188, however now it is known as Besely: the very first asteroid bearing a Malagasy identify.
Andoniaina Rajaonarivelo, President of the Haikintana Astronomy Association and Head of Besely Astronomical Observatorytakes us behind the scenes of this new appellation:
It was the astronomer Alain Maury, an incredible discoverer of asteroids, who, after listening to about this huge journey in establishing this observatory, with the telescope that’s remotely managed by all scientists around the globe, and who’s extra in a small village within the bush, misplaced 40 km from Majunga, who determined to identify certainly one of the asteroids he found on this village, “Besely”.
Because scientists and astronomy fanatics from all around the world can have distant entry to the Besely Robot Observatory, following a course supplied by Haikintana Astronomy.
And it is extremely official that a number of days in the past, the International Astronomical Union lastly validated the brand new identify of this asteroid. “This Besely will be able to be observed every year between December and April in the constellation Orion. Unfortunately, not with the naked eye, but with a telescope like ours,” continues Andoniaina Rajaonarivelo.
After the star Rapeto and the planet Trimobe, the asteroid Besely now brings to 3 the variety of celestial objects in our photo voltaic system with a Malagasy identify.
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