Špilberk Castle in Brno and at the same time the specific Brno dialect hantec has a new imprint in space. The planet’s discoverers have so far named it 401820 from the Cleo Observatory in South Bohemia (401820) Špilas.




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On Monday, representatives of the observatory handed the naming certificate to the mayor of Brno Marketa Vakova (ODS) symbolically at Špilberk Castle. The Brno in the Stars exhibition in the former Lapidari in the small courtyard of the castle also commemorates Brno and associated figures in the naming of the planets from today for six weeks.

“The current planet ‘pilas’ was discovered from the South Bohemian Kleť Observatory by my colleagues Miloš Tichý and Zdeněk Moravec on September 30, 1996. It was then repeatedly observed under the initial designation 1996 SP7, until it reached a well-calculated orbit,” said Jana Tisha, director of observatories and planetariums. In Ceske Budejovice with a branch in my college, the sequence number is 401820″.


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“At Kleti, we have always had an intimate relationship with Brno astronomy. When the idea of ​​allocating a planet in a cage to Brno and the inhabitants of Brno arose, we chose from among several symbols of Moravia. Bulberk won because it could not be missed. Also the slang word “hantec” is actually Another symbol of Brno that reflects the development of the city in the language of its inhabitants.”

According to Techet, in recent years American astronomers have used the names of the planets to remind them of Native American discourse. Thus Czech astronomers chose an expression from the specific Brno dialect.

Planetka (401820) Špilas moves along an eccentric orbit at a distance of 280 to 540 million km from the Sun, that is, between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. It revolves around the sun once every 4.5 Earth years.

It is likely that it is an object with a diameter of only a few kilometers, even in the best telescope it can only be seen as a bright spot. According to scientists, the age of this planet is comparable to the age of the solar system.

The first planet with a name related to Brno was Bruna in 1890. Since then, for example, the planets (2073) Janáček, (3366) Gödel, (8343) Tugendhat or (14980) Gustavbrom have been added.

The Kleti Observatory, a branch of the České Budějovice Observatory and Planetarium, is among the world’s most successful in detecting small objects in the Solar System.

The only universally recognized arbiter for the naming of space objects and their surface characteristics is the International Astronomical Union’s Small Object Nomenclature Group, which reports the new names in a bulletin.

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