March 28 is the 88th day of 2016, in leap years on our Gregorian calendar.
Many great things have happened in our history on the 28th day, and today we highlight one of them.
Honoring the men who made our history the greatest – among them is Mr. Heinrich Wilhelm Matthias Olbers – who discovered the asteroid Pallas.
When Pallas was first discovered by the German astronomer Heinrich Wilhelm Matthäus Olbers on March 1802, it was counted as a planet.
As was most of the other asteroids discovered early in the 19th century with our primitive telescopes were thought to be planets, it was an amazing find. However the discovery of many more asteroids after 1845 eventually led to their reclassification of just an asteroid (just like how Pluto was demoted after further telescope advancements).
Pallas, among minor-planet designation 2 Pallas, is the second asteroid to have been discovered, and it is one of the largest asteroids in the Solar System.
With an estimated 7% of the mass of the asteroid belt, it is the third-most-massive asteroid, being 10–30% less massive than Vesta.
We learn lots about humanity in our history. This is very fascinating for us, as we ponder what other great discoveries will come in the next ten years with technology and computing power nearly doubling every year or so.
Make sure you cherish every single moment of this year, and look up to the stars when you find yourself soul searching.
Astronomy compels the soul to look upward, and leads us from this world to another. — Plato, The Republic, 342 BCE