Nîmes notes

a picture diary from a Roman town in the south of France

Where planet Nemausa was found

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planet nemausaSomewhere over there, up above our heads, twinkles a little star called 51 Nemausa

It was discovered on 24th of January 1858 by the assistant of the astronomer Benjamin Valz, A. Laurent,  in this building at 32 rue Nationale in the old center of Nîmes. Mr. Valz had built a private observatory at his home, and left it to his assistant to use while he himself was working in Marseille as the director of the observatory there. The name of the little star comes from the Celtic god Nemausus, which was the patron god of Nîmes during the Roman times.


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Picture diaries from Nîmes (and Marseille), South of France

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