San Jose Facts

Asteroid San Jose
The blue & yellow orbit around the sun is of Asteroid San Jose. Earth is the light blue orbit shown along with the other planet orbits around the sun at center. (2)

There is an asteroid flying around our sun named after the city of San José. Asteroid 6216 San Jose was named after San José, California in gratitude for the city choosing low light pollution options for street lights over the decades. This has helped nearby Lick Observatory to continue with its astronomical observations and research into space. (1) When you look out at our city from a hill at night and notice the lower intensity yellow permeating glow instead of an intense white glow above, that is to help our nearby telescopes and space aimed instruments.

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