(1991 XX )
Incl: 8.9164
Eccent: 0.2734064
Period: 11.826424788595 years
AU 5.1906559
Type: 0009

Discovery Chart

2.12.1991 08:41 Palomar 116w51 33n21 observations 1

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Achates was the best friend and companion-at-arms of Aeneas {see planet  (1172)} in Virgil’s {see planet  (2798)} “Aeneid”. Known as “fidus Achates” - faithful Achatus - he commanded his own ship in the wandering fleet of Trojans as they sought to establish a new city after the fall of Troy. Achates wandered far from known paths with Aeneas, traveling at Aeneas’ side during their passage through the underworld, as the two friends threaded their way through “broad, silent tracts of night” in a journey to meet Aeneas’ father, as described in the great Book VI of Virgil’s poem. (M 22249)

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

Avastatud: 2-12-1991 Avastamiskoht: Palomar Avastajad: Shoemaker, C. S.

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