You might find (or at least observe) an asteroid on New Year's Day--as Giuseppe Piazzi
did when he discovered the first (and, to this date, still the largest known) asteroid, Ceres, on not just the first day of the year but also the first day of a new century: January 1, 1801, the first year of the 19th century.
1801: The dwarf planet Ceres is discovered by astronomer Giuseppe Piazzi
at Palermo - the first-known and largest body in what would come to be known as the Asteroid Belt.
For years following its discovery by Italian priest and astronomer Giuseppe Piazzi
, Ceres was considered a planet.
Italian astronomer Giuseppe Piazzi
first recorded the Ceres in 1801 after the name of the Roman goddess of agriculture and fertility.
A new catalogue of 7,646 stars from the Palermo Observatory published by Giuseppe Piazzi
, for which he received the prize of the French Academie des Sciences.
of Palermo used the latest instrument by Ramsden of London around 1800.
In 1804 the Sicilian astronomer Giuseppe Piazzi
noted that 61 Cygni shows an unusually speedy motion with respect to most stars, whose places appear fixed in relation to one another, and he dubbed it the Flying Star.
The first asteroid ever discovered was Ceres, seen on January 1, 1801 by Italian astronomer Giuseppe Piazzi
discovered the first asteroid, Ceres, on January 1, 1801.
1, 1801, that Giuseppe Piazzi
pointed his state-of-the-art telescope over those mountains at stars in the constellation Taurus.