Paradise, asteroid 2,791 (the 2,791st asteroid to be discovered, on February 13, 1977), is approximately 20 kilometers in diameter and has an orbital period of 3.7 years. Par-

An illustration of Pandora and her box by Arthur Rackman. From A Wonder Book by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Reproduced by permission of Fortean Picture Library.

adise is a concept asteroid, named after the Garden of Eden. J. Lee Lehman asserts that if this asteroid is well-aspected in a natal chart, the native believes paradise can be found in this existence. If, however, "the asteroid is poorly aspect, then the person is less than optimistic that Paradise exists outside of the movies." Jacob Schwartz gives Paradise's astrological significance as "beliefs in perfection."


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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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