Lucifer, asteroid 1,930 (the 1,930th asteroid to be discovered, on October 29, 1964), is approximately 21 kilometers in diameter and has an orbital period of 4.9 years. Lucifer was named after the fallen angel of light who became the devil in Western religions. J.
A sixteenth-century illustration of Dante's vision of purgatory and hell. Lucifer is shown at the center of the Earth, encased in a lake of ice, chewing on the soul of Judas iscariot. Reproduced by permission of Fortean Picture Library.
Lee Lehman associates this aspect with "torch bearers." Jacob Schwartz gives Lucifer's astrological meaning as "a sometimes disruptive bearer of divine light."
Lucifer also means light-bearer and is sometimes applied to Venus. Sources:
Kowal, Charles T. Asteroids: Their Nature and Utilization. Chichester, West Sussex, UK: Ellis Horwood Limited, 1988.
Lehman, J. Lee. The Ultimate Asteroid Book. West
Chester, PA: Whitford Press, 1988. Schwartz, Jacob. Asteroid Name Encyclopedia. St. Paul, MN: Llewellyn Publications, 1995.
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