Montezuma

(1972 FA )
CURRENT POSITION: 16 GEM 27
Incl: 24.33032
Eccent: 0.0902987
Period: 2.5503002963357 years
AU 1.8665838
Type: 0006

Discovery Chart

16.3.1972 09:15 Palomar 116w51 33n21 observations 1

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Named in honor of the ninth emperor of the Aztec empire, who reigned 1502–1520. He believed that his land rightly belonged to the serpent god Quetzálcoatl {see planet  (1915)}, who one day would return from the East. When the first Spanish invaders landed in Central America, Montezuma interpreted them as the followers of Quetzálcoatl returning. After only feeble negotiation, he allowed Cortez to occupy his capital city peacefully and rule through him. During Cortez’ temporary absence hostilities developed between Spaniards and Aztecs in which Montezuma was among the first killed. (M 21605)

Named by the Minor Planet Names Committee following a suggestion by F. Pilcher.

Avastatud: 16-3-1972 Avastamiskoht: Palomar Avastajad: Gehrels, T.

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