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ALBION - 1992 QB1 (15760)


In January 2018, almost 26 years after its discovery, this body was finally given a name: Albion. Albion is an ancient Greek name for the island of Great Britain, and in fact is the oldest known recorded name for it, being found as far back as the 6th Century BC. It was derived from an ancient word meaning 'white', and may have been given the name by sea travellers whose first image of the island was the White Cliffs of Dover.

The Minor Planet Center gives the following description for the name: "In the creation mythology of William Blake (1757-1827), Albion is the island-dwelling primordial man who divided himself into the four Zoas (Urthona, Urizen, Luvah and Tharmas), each representing important aspects of human character."

We'll look at Albion in the chart of William Blake in the Astrology section of this page, or you can click here to jump to that section: William Blake

Enclyopedia Mythica talks about the mythological Albion:
Albion, or Alebion (Ἀλεβίων), was a son of Poseidon and brother of Dercynus or Bergion, together with whom he attacked Heracles, when he passed through their country (Liguria) with the oxen of Geryon. But they paid for their presumption with their lives.

In his book, The British Chronicles Volume 1, David Hughes writes "Atlas, the son of the sea-god Poseidon (Neptune) and the mortal-woamn Cleito." Albion was brother to Atlas, making him a demi-god.

Interesting to note that in various writings, the identities of Albion and his brother are sometimes blurred or even merged. Albion is sometimes called Ampher. Some authors list Albion as the son of Atlas. And in some cases, including the writings of William Blake, Ampher/Albion is identified with Atlas himself.

Ampher/Albion was also deified at one point in Roman mythology as Aquarius, son of Neptune and the island goddess Brittania rather than having a mortal mother. In that case he would be a full god rather than demi-god.


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

Albion/QB1 has an orbit of 289.68 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 40.8952 AU (Pluto can get as close to the Sun as 29.657 AU), and an aphelion of 46.6644 AU (Pluto can get as far out as 48.871 AU).

The last time Albion/QB1 was at perihelion was 9 October 1993, and the last aphelion was 12 December 1849.

Albion/QB1's eccentricity is 0.065888, with an inclination to the ecliptic of 2.15059.


Because 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 Albion were in the 10th Century:

29 Vi 21 on 6 Nov 985
28 Vi 58 on 6 Mar 986
28 Vi 28 on 7 Aug 986
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.

985 - Greenland is colonized by Icelandic Viking Erik the Red

986 - Explorer Bjarni Herjólfsson becomes the first inhabitant of the Old World to sight North America

- One of the Four Great Books of Song, the Chinese encyclopedia "Finest Blossoms in the Garden of Literature" is finished in this year, with a total of 1,000 volumes representing the work of some 2,200 authors.
The most recent hard aspects between Albion/QB1 and Pluto were a series of oppositions in the mid-1800's:
Pluto	1Sa02	opposition QB1	1Ge02	 on 	10/ 1/1749
Pluto	1Sa29	opposition QB1	1Ge29	 on 	10/ 4/1749
Pluto	2Sa44	opposition QB1	2Ge44	 on 	20/12/1749
Pluto	3Sa24	opposition QB1	3Ge24	 on 	7/ 5/1750
Pluto	4Sa26	opposition QB1	4Ge26	 on 	3/12/1750
Pluto	5Sa18	opposition QB1	5Ge18	 on 	30/ 5/1751
Pluto	6Sa08	opposition QB1	6Ge08	 on 	17/11/1751
Pluto	7Sa11	opposition QB1	7Ge11	 on 	21/ 6/1752
Pluto	7Sa48	opposition QB1	7Ge48	 on 	29/10/1752
Pluto	9Sa04	opposition QB1	9Ge04	 on 	18/ 7/1753
Pluto	9Sa27	opposition QB1	9Ge27	 on 	8/10/1753
- It was during this period of time that Benjamin Franklin started experimenting with electricity. In 1750 he sent up a kite during a thunderstorm and discovered that lightning is a form of electricity, and this led within the next two years to his invention of the lightning rod.
- In 1751, The Encyclopedie was published in France containing writings of some of the most eminent scholars of the time. (A connection, perhaps, to the Chinese Encyclopedia published during the conjunction?)
An interesting period in history is 1896-1897, as Saturn, Uranus and Albion/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' D
Some people born with close Albion/QB1 conjunctions to Saturn, Uranus, or or both:


William Blake was born on 28 November, 1757, at 7:45pm, in London, England. This puts Albion at 13 Gemini 59 R in his 11th house, the house of friends and associations, groups, interaction with the community, hopes and ideals. It is sextile his first house Neptune (15 Leo 20 R) and trine his 7th house Saturn (16 Aquarius 48.)

Blake was a writer and mystic, but he was also a social activist. From Annie's Blog: "Blake lived in the time of the British Industrial Revolution. A time when children were forced to work from a young age and physical punishment was considered normal. It was a time of change. The world was becoming mechanised. Blake didn’t like this.

Blake was a visionary. He felt very strongly about the way the Industrial Revolution was doing more harm than good and should be stopped. He didn’t like the way children were used as workmen because of their size and the way they were discriminated against. Blake expressed all of his views in his poems, and in many he gets quite frustrated, and it shows in his style of writing."

From 1790-1800 he lived in an area called Lambeth. From the British Library's page on William Blake's radical politics: "Lambeth was still partly rural, but had its share of social problems. There were alms-houses, workshops of the Philanthropic Society, and an Asylum for orphaned girls; overcrowded housing and grim factories were beginning to appear. The nearby Albion flour mill was an example of the ‘dark Satanic Mills’ Blake would later condemn in his poem ‘Jerusalem’."

Blake's image of Albion from his A Large Book of Designs

My Own Experience

With 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.

Experiences Of Others

Jonathan Dunn wrote of some initial keywords he was using for Albion/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."


You can check out where Albion/QB1 is right now. Click here and look at the far-right column: Ephemeris

Click here 1992 QB1, to find out how to discover where your QB1 is.

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