James Somerville Edgar (b. 1946) spent 40 years as a Locomotive Engineer and rail Supervisor. He became President of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada in 2014. Name suggested by R. and P. Jedicke.
Orbit type: Main Belt
In 1941, Andrew McKellar (1910–1960) measured the temperature of interstellar space as about 2.7 Kelvin, based of the rotational spectrum of the cyanogen molecule. This radiation temperature arises from the cosmic primeval fireball and is one of the most fundamental and revealing cosmic parameters.
Alfred Elton Van Vogt (1912–2000) was a Canadian-born science-fiction writer. The discoverer’s favorite stories are the three novels based on General Semantics: The World of Null-A, The Pawns of Null-A and The Null-A Three, together with The Voyage of The Space Beagle, published in 1950.
One of the most iconic asterisms in northern skies is the famous “W” Cassiopeia the Queen. Mythology states she was extremely vain and with the help of King Cepheus, was about to sacrifice their daughter Andromeda to appease the god. But the tale is not bleak as she was saved by Perseus. The five bright stars that make up Cassiopeia can be seen any time of year from Canadian soil as this is a circumpolar constellation.