55 Pandora is a fairly large and very bright asteroid in the asteroid belt. Pandora was discovered by George Mary Searle on September 10, 1858 from the Dudley Observatory near Albany, NY. It was his first and only asteroid discovery.

It is named after Pandora, the first woman in Greek mythology, who unwisely opened a box that released evil into the world. The name was apparently chosen by Blandina Dudley, widow of the founder of the Dudley Observatory, who had been involved in an acrimonious dispute with astronomer B. A. Gould. Gould felt that the name had an "apt significance".[1] The asteroid shares its name with Pandora, a moon of Saturn.

Recent analysis has identified Pandora as the second-largest of the E-type asteroids, after 44 Nysa.[citation needed]

See also


  1. Lutz D. Schmadel, Dictionary of Minor Planet Names, p.20.
Minor planets
Previous minor planet 55 Pandora Next minor planet
List of asteroids
The minor planets
Vulcanoids | Near-Earth asteroids | Main belt | Jupiter Trojans | Centaurs | Damocloids | Comets | Trans-Neptunians (Kuiper belt · Scattered disc · Oort cloud)
For other objects and regions, see: asteroid groups and families, binary asteroids, asteroid moons and the Solar system
For a complete listing, see: List of asteroids. See also Pronunciation of asteroid names and Meanings of asteroid names.

This article is a stub, and may need more information. You can help Space Wiki by expanding it.
Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.