Epona

(1986 WA )
CURRENT POSITION: 5 LEO 3
Incl: 29.2029
Eccent: 0.7024587
Period: 1.8464630708018 years
AU 1.5050365
Type: 1803

Discovery Chart

27.11.1986 03:44 Palomar 116w51 33n21 observations 1

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Named for the Gaulish goddess of horses and horseriders, specifically with respect to those on Palomar Mountain, where this object was discovered. The name derives from the ancient Indo-European word “Ekwos”, which gave among others the words Epos (in Gaulish), Hippos (in Greek) and Equus (in Latin). Horses have been long used by mankind in their conquest of new worlds, and there is hope that rockets with large “horsepower” will let us soon explore earth-crossing asteroids such as this one. (M 16443)

Citation written by the discoverer with the very knowledgeable help of J. P. Rivet and at the suggestion of many other French amateur astronomers.

Avastatud: 27-11-1986 Avastamiskoht: Palomar Avastajad: Maury, A.

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