5148 Giordano

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Discovery and designation
Discovered by Cornelis Johannes van Houten, Ingrid van Houten-Groeneveld and Tom Gehrels
Discovery site Palomar Observatory
Discovery date October 17, 1960
MPC designation 5148
Named after
Giordano Bruno
5557 P-L
Orbital characteristics
Epoch May 14, 2008
Aphelion 3.5506946
Perihelion 2.6990192
Eccentricity 0.1362743
Inclination 1.13403
Physical characteristics

5148 Giordano (5557 P-L) is a main-belt asteroid discovered on October 17, 1960 by Cornelis Johannes van Houten, Ingrid van Houten-Groeneveld and Tom Gehrels at Palomar Observatory.

The asteroid was subsequently designated 5148, as a permutation of Bruno's birth year (1548). [1]

Another asteroid related (with his name) to Giordano Bruno is 13223 Cenaceneri named after work of him La Cena delle Ceneri ("The Dinner of the Ashes") in which, for the first time in Western philosophical thought, there is discussion of the infinity of worlds in the universe.[2] He published it in 1584.


  1. ^ Also in 1960, the Dutch astronomers Cornelius Johannes van Houten and Ingrid van Houten-Groeneveld discovered an asteroid which they subsequently designated 5148, a permutation of Bruno's birth year (Saiber 2005: 43-45). Frances Yates, Giordano Bruno and the Hermetic Tradition, Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1964, p450; see also: Adam Frank, The Constant Fire: Beyond the Science vs. Religion Debate, University of California Press, 2009, p24
  2. ^ http://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/sbdb.cgi?sstr=13223+Cenaceneri

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