The name stands as Juewa, or more fully, Jue-wa-sing, which means literally the “Star of China’s Fortune”. (H 18)
This planet was discovered while preparing for the transit of Venus of December 9, 1874. The discoverer stated (Observation of the Transit of Venus, Part II, p. 108 (1881)): “On the night of the 10th October, while observing in the constellation Pisces, with the 5-inch equatorial, I came across a star of the 11th magnitude in a region of the heavens with which I was very familiar, and where I had not hitherto seen any such star. Subsequent observations the same night by means of a micrometer, extemporized for the purpose, showed that the star was slowly retrograding, and that it was a new member of the group of planets between Mars and Jupiter. The discovery was duly announced to astronomers in other lands, and it became also speedily known in Peking. Some mandarins of high rank came to our station to see the stranger with...
Discovered on 10-10-1874 in Peking by Watson, J. C.
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