Anaxagoras

6092 P-L. Discovered 1960 Sept. 24 by C. J. van Houten and I. van Houten-Groeneveld at Palomar.

Named after the Greek philosopher Anaxagoras (c. 500-428 B.C.). He lived in Asia minor and in Athens, where he became friend of Pericles. He taught that solar and lunar eclipses originated in a scientific way and not as an act of the gods. This was an asebie (outrage against the gods) and Anaxagoras had to flee; he died in exile. (M 22501) Anaxagoras is also honored by a lunar crater.

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