Shen Guo

(1964 VR1 )
Incl: 11.00867
Eccent: 0.095662
Period: 5.264397887301 years
AU 3.0261172
Type: 0000

Discovery Chart

9.11.1964 19:16 Nanking 118e49 32n4 observations 1

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Named for the versatile Chinese scholar Shen Guo (1031–1095), who lived during the Sung dynasty and had many achievements in astronomy. He determined the distance of Polaris from the north celestial pole to be 3° and devised an experiment to demonstrate that the Moon is a dark, spherical body illuminated by sunlight. He also proposed that the traditional lunar calendar be abandoned in favor of one based on solar reckoning. (M 4785)

Avastatud: 9-11-1964 Avastamiskoht: Nanking Avastajad: Purple Mountain Observatory

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