Bitias

(1988 TZ1 )
CURRENT POSITION: 5 CAP 24
Incl: 25.00438
Eccent: 0.1119494
Period: 12.096655461461 years
AU 5.2694281
Type: 0009

Discovery Chart

13.10.1988 05:38 Palomar 116w51 33n21 observations 1

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Bitias was a great Trojan warrior and a companion of Aeneas {see planet  (1172)}. He was the first Trojan to drink a toast to the ill-fated Queen Dido {see planet  (209)}, at the feast when Aeneas narrated his adventures to Dido, and she began to fall in love with him. Later, in Italy, during the Latin war, Bitias made a mistake that cost him and many other Trojans their lives, when he opened the gates of the Trojan’s fortress in an effort to coax Latin warriors inside, where they could be trapped. Instead, the Latin warrior Turnus rushed inside the Trojan fortress and made slaughter, killing Bitias with a whirling pike. (M 22249)

Name and citation provided by Richard Preston at the request of the discoverers.

Avastatud: 13-10-1988 Avastamiskoht: Palomar Avastajad: Shoemaker, C. S.

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