QB1 was the first body discovered out past Pluto, and is designated the first Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) ever found. It was discovered by astronomers Dave Jewitt and Jane Luu.
Check out this information from the discovery circular 1992 QB1
or Dave Jewitt's article about the discovery of the Kuiper Belt because of the discovery of QB1 Kuiper Belt.
What about it's orbit? Click here for a picture of that: Orbit.
Dave Jewitt discusses the discovery of QB1, and other bodies, on YouTube: Dave on YouTube
QB1 has an orbit of 289.225 years, so it takes about 40 more years to circle the Sun than Pluto. It's orbit is much more circular than Pluto's, however, with a perihelion of 40.8754 AU (Pluto can get as close to the Sun as 29.657 AU), and an aphelion of 46.5925 AU (Pluto can get as far out as 48.871 AU).
The last time QB1 was at perihelion was 9 October 1993, and the last aphelion was 12 December 1849.
QB1's eccentricity is 0.0654, with an inclination to the ecliptic of 2.1927.
AstrologyBecause its orbit is only a little longer than Pluto's, it can be a long while before they have aspects between them. In fact, the most recent conjunctions I found between Pluto and QB1 were in the 10th Century:
Our historical records don't contain a lot of info about those years, but a number of great scientific discoveries were made by Islamic scientists around these conjunctions, many of which were later 're-discovered' by Eurpoean scientists a few centuries later, as well as advanced mathematical theorem.
The most recent hard aspects between QB1 and Pluto were a series of oppositions in the mid-1800's:
An interesting period in history is 1896-1897, as Saturn, Uranus and QB1 are conjunct in Scorpio. Dates for the exact conjunctions:
Ura Cnj QB1 on 18 Jan 1896 NS at 23°Sc47' D Ura Cnj QB1 on 17 Apr 1896 NS at 23°Sc30' R Ura Cnj QB1 on 16 Oct 1896 NS at 22°Sc55' D Sat Cnj QB1 on 2 Dec 1896 NS at 24°Sc03' D Sat Cnj Ura on 6 Jan 1897 NS at 27°Sc39' D Sat Cnj Ura on 1 Jun 1897 NS at 26°Sc25' R Sat Cnj Ura on 9 Sep 1897 NS at 25°Sc34' DSome people born with close QB1 conjunctions to Saturn, Uranus, or or both:
- George Burns - QB1 23 Sco 48, Uranus 23 Sco 51, (Saturn 17 Sco 56)
- Andre Breton - QB1 24 Sco 00, Uranus 24 Sco 28, (Saturn 19 Sco 03)
- Tristan Tzara - QB1 23 Sco 31, Uranus 23 Sco 31, (Saturn 17 Sco 11)
- Ida Rolf - QB1 22 Sco 55, Uranus 22 Sco 12, (Saturn 14 Sco 46)
- Cyril Fagan - QB1 22 Sco 52, Uranus 22 Sco 05, (Saturn 14 Sco 34)
- F. Scott Fitzgerald - QB1 22 Sco 29, Uranus 21 Sco 49, (Saturn 16 Sco 11)
- Lilian Gish - QB1 22 Sco 52, Uranus 22 Sco 48, (Saturn 18 Sco 12)
- Ruth Gordon - QB1 23 Sco 14, Uranus 23 Sco 44, (Saturn 20 Sco 03)
- Ethel Waters - QB1 23 Sco 15, Uranus 23 Sco 48, (Saturn 20 Sco 11)
- Mamie Eisenhower - QB1 23 Sco 36, Uranus 24 Sco 40, Saturn 21 Sco 53, Sun 22 Sco 57
- Ira Gershwin - QB1 24 Sco 08, Saturn 24 Sco 28, Uranus 26 Sco 01
- James Doolittle - QB1 24 Sco 19, Saturn 25 Sco 24, Uranus 26 Sco 30
- Sir Anthony Eden - QB1 23 Sco 42, Saturn 25 Sco 41, Uranus 26 Sco 00
- Legs Diamond - QB1 23 Sco 20, Saturn 24 Sco 22, Uranus 25 Sco 13, Moon 24 Sco 44
- Amelia Earhart - QB1 23 Sco 14, Saturn 24 Sco 07, Uranus 25 Sco 00
My Own ExperienceWith the slow orbit it has, transits can hang around for awhile. Still, I found it interesting, looking back at the time of my mother's death in 1999, that its transit complemented that of Pluto's.
- Pluto (7 Sag 46) was conjunct my Moon (7 Sag 07), and QB1 (10 Ari 32 R) was conjunct the ruler of my 10th house, Jupiter (10 Ari 47). (Also, Neptune on that date was 2 Aqu 05, conjunct my natal QB1 (2 Aqu 37), and Ceres at 17 Leo 36 was conjunct my natal Pluto (17 Leo 57).)
- Pluto opposed my sister's Saturn (6 Gem 51), ruler of her 10th house, and QB1 squared her 4th house Sun (9 Can 39). (Also Jupiter (4 Tau 56) squared her Pluto (4 Leo 36), and the Moon at 21 Aries had just squared her natal QB1 (20 Cap 07).)
- Neither body was in a significant aspect to my mother's natal chart at the time of her passage. But transiting QB1 was conjunct my mother's Solar Arc Ascendant at the time of her passage.
Experiences Of Others
Jonathan Dunn wrote of some initial keywords he w(as using for QB1: Keywords.
An interesting perspective on QB1 can be found in Amable's blog, Transneptunian Astrology, "The main theme of (15760) 1992 QB1 is 'systematic search', like the search of new planets: the systematic search by the computer, when checking the telescope data, is based on a secuencial analysis that is repeated until the new object is discovered, like the PIN search in the movie "Terminator 2: Judgement Day" (1991), or the sequencial search at the begining of the movie "Aladdin" (Disney, 1992). This process is called 'limit cycle attractor' by dynamical systems theory."
WHERE IS IT NOW?
You can check out where QB1 is right now. Click here and look at the far-right column: Ephemeris
WHAT IS ITS NAME? For some reason, the astronomers just haven't given this body a name yet. Eric Francis wrote his suggestion for QB1: "I have proposed the name Radharani, the supreme goddess of Hindu mythology and the consort to Lord Krishna."
In the following article, Michael Coleman makes a good case that this body should be called Ouroborus. Read it, and contact Michael if you agree with him at firstname.lastname@example.org
1992 QB1, CUBEWANOS AND OUROBORUS
by Michael Coleman
This is the symbol I use for 1992 QB1. To find out why, read on.
While researching some of the less well-known objects in our solar system, I started to look at the Asteroids, Centaurs, Trans-Neptunian Objects (TNOs), Plutinos and the objects past Pluto in the relatively unknown areas of the Kuiper belt and the Oort Clouds at the very fringes of our solar system. In these outer reaches, I ran into 1992 QB1 (15760).
1992 QB1 was the first TNO to be discovered after Pluto and Charon in 1992 by Jewitt and Luu at the Mauna Kea Observatory in Hawaii. The discoverers suggested the name "Smiley" for the object, but as there is already an asteroid named “Smiley” (1613 – Smiley) after the American astronomer Charles Hugh Smiley and the name could not be used. It seemed that the new class of objects they discovered called Cubewanos (from QB1 – QB1 ohs) should have their first constituent with a proper mythology, but naming went to later discoveries (Make Make, Haumea, Quaoar, Varuna, Logos, Chaos, Deucalion, Borasisi, Altjira, Teharonhiawako), leaving QB1 behind unnamed after the initial naming suggestion was quashed. ).
As I started to incorporate these new objects (Asteroids, Centaurs, Plutinos, Cubewanos and SDOs) into my personal (and admittedly limited) astrological analysis, I felt a need to classify these “QB1ohs” further. ).
I looked at Chiron and the Centaurs; with the bridging of the inner and outer planets, I saw how the Centaurs helped mankind to move forward in a bigger world, one outside of personal experience (inner planets), and incorporate the new experiences of brotherhood with man, connection to God, healing and spirituality (Uranus and Neptune) into one’s personal experience and integrating these into personal morality and beliefs (Jupiter). I saw the connection between the Centaurs and the Outer objects (Chiron and some of the Centaurs are believed to have come from the Oort Cloud, the origin of comets). But what was the connection to Pluto (and his orbit-mates, the Plutinos)? And what about the objects beyond that? ).
Pluto is traditionally about transformation; changes which come and have profound effects on a person’s life; and these changes can sometimes be regarded with suspicion and fear. No one likes change, and most find it hard to see the positive side of changes, even with the most minor of adjustments. There is a persistence of feeling and intensity at Pluto and the Plutinos (Orcus, Ixion, Rhadamanthus, Huya) with powerful changes, suspicion and fear shaping the lives of men).
Looking further out to the Scattered Disc Objects (SDOs) I saw the after-effects of these changes, most notably in Eris (136199) who reacted in such a way to being snubbed on an invitation to a wedding party, that she underhandedly starts the Trojan War (in the name of love, no less) with the Apple of Discord. Eris, along with the other SDOs (Sedna, Ceto, Typhon) take action when changes occur. They take the persistent feelings of Plutino and coalesce them into directed thought and action as a reaction to these changes in SDO. The SDOs’ proximity to outer space (the outside world) connects them to the sense of life as a whole in the universe, and we humans as part of this universe. The SDOs show our face to the universe at large as a product of our reaction to life’s events and it seems that the Cubewanos, with their position between the Plutinos and SDOs, are the filter through which these events are judged and reaction decided on through this analysis. ).
In studying this “filter”, I am drawn to the concepts of public morality, religion and philosophy. These things seem to be the “filters” through which we all judge experiences, and philosophers / religious leaders are similar to the movement of these bodies; slow to change, and influential because they are steadfast, the catalyst of many great (and horrible) things like the ideologies behind many of the great religions through history. Expanding on this, each of the Cubewanos, with their mythologies, can fit into this hypothesis (Make Make’s connection to resurrection, new life, and the concept of heaven as payment for winning the “competition” of life, or Borasisi’s connection to ignorance being bliss, denial of truth and persistent optimism, can connect them with religions and philosophies and their ideologies) but the first of these, QB1, what does it symbolize?
I like the concept of the Ouroborus as the symbol for QB1 and its philosophy. Ouroborus is an ancient symbol; the symbol of the snake (or dragon) in a circle, biting its own tail has long been a symbol of eternity or infinity in many cultures. Plato described it as the first creature in the universe; perfectly created, self-sufficient (it feeds itself!) and immortal. These keywords fit in nicely with the philosophy / religion aspect expanded on; the directed thought and requisite action of philosophy / religion persists, even when unpopular or persecuted, the persistent ideas recur, as do the concepts these ideas represent (soul, fate, evil) throughout history, immortally and perpetually
QB1 (Ouroborus), as the first of these Cubewanos, is the birthplace of the Cubewano philosophies, the most basic of moralities, the simplest of paths. All philosophies / religions, in their quest to make “better” people, accept several basic axioms as “givens” to living a “correct” life. Murder, stealing, lying, cheating; all philosophies accept these things as the “wrong” things, even as these philosophies can’t agree on a name for “God”, or how it should be worshipped (or if it should be worshipped at all!). QB1 (Ouroborus) is this basic morality, this basic “right path”, with the recurring themes associated with “goodness” (treating others correctly, diminishing your negative impact on the world, being sympathetic, giving selflessly) being attached to it as well. It is almost better that QB1 doesn’t have a name, because what would it be named if all of this applied
Not much attention is paid to objects if they haven’t been named, or aren’t unusual in some way, but I find QB1, the whole family of TNOs, and the possible symbolism of the Ouroborus, fascinating. For lack of a mythology to turn to, I like this cross-cultural symbol in my analysis, and I hope you feel the same.
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