Artemis, asteroid 105 (the 105th asteroid to be discovered, on September 16, 1868), is approximately 126 kilometers in diameter and has an orbital period of 3.6 years.

Artemis Zodiac

An illustration of the type of armillary sphere used by the great scientist Tycho Brahe. Reproduced by permission of Fortean Picture Library.


Artemis was named after the Greek goddess of the hunt. J. Lee Lehman associates this asteroid with the psychological urges evoked by "the hunt"—hunting, killing, and eating. Jacob Schwartz gives the astrological significance of Artemis as "relating to childbirth, animal husbandry, hunting and devouring as a form of emotional absorption and transmutation."


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Horwood Limited, 1988. Lehman, J. Lee. The Ultimate Asteroid Book. West Chester, PA: Whitford Press, 1988. Room, Adrian. Dictionary of Astronomical Names. London: Routledge, 1988. Schwartz, Jacob. Asteroid Name Encyclopedia. St. Paul, MN: Llewellyn Publications, 1995.

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