Victoria (Victory) and Asteroid 12 Victoria - Preston, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dtrebilc
N 53° 45.555 W 002° 41.955
30U E 519827 N 5956779
Quick Description: 12 Victoria is a large main-belt asteroid, originally named after Queen Victoria it was changed to be officially named after the Roman Goddess Victoria, otherwise known as Victory, especially on war memorials.
Location: North West England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 10/1/2015 3:05:43 PM
Waymark Code: WMPPFQ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
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Long Description:

The figure of Victory
This winged statue of Victory stands on the side of a World War I memorial and was unveiled on 13 June 1926 by Admiral of the Fleet Earl Jellicoe of Scapa. Victory's arms are raised and holds laurel wreaths in either hand. The figure stands within columns supporting a pediment and on either side of the “Victory” figure are representations of those who died said to be “pleading for acceptance of their sacrifice”

In Roman times Victoria was often worshipped by triumphant generals returning from war and hence can quite often be found on United Kingdom war memorials. link

The Asteroid
The asteroid was discovered on September 13th 1850 by J.R. Hind of the Royal Greenwich Observatory in London. link

He chose the name during the reign of Queen Victoria, but it was felt to be inappropriate to have the asteroid named after a living monarch.

However W. C. Bond, of the Harvard College Observatory held that the mythological condition was fulfilled and the name stayed as it was.

It has a diameter of 112.77 km, an orbital speed of 9.5 km/s and an orbital period of 3.57 Julian Years. It is the joint 117th largest known asteroid.
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