Astro Biz: JUNO

Many businesses, products, and places have names rooted in space and astronomy. We’re featuring one every Tuesday on Seattle Astronomy.

JunoThis week’s Astro Biz is JUNO restaurant at the Arctic Club Hotel in Seattle. Conveniently located at Third and Cherry downtown, JUNO and the hotel’s Polar Bar are good places for a libation or a bite to eat before events in the city.

Juno was the third asteroid to be discovered and is the eleventh largest asteroid in the asteroid belt. Juno also is the name of the top Roman goddess, who was daughter of Saturn and sister and wife of Jupiter. There are several other Junos in space. The NASA Juno mission will arrive at Jupiter in July, with the intent to study the planet and try to figure out how it formed and evolved and if it has a rocky core. The U.S. made a couple of rockets named Juno in the late 1950s and early ’60s. And Project Juno was a private British space program that sent Helen Sharman on a Soyuz mission to the Mir space station in 1991.

We chose JUNO this week as the spacecraft zips toward Jupiter, which will be at opposition next week.

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