Castalia

(1989 PB )
CURRENT POSITION: 18 SCO 41
Incl: 8.88551
Eccent: 0.4832131
Period: 1.0963029138841 years
AU 1.0631805
Type: 9803

Discovery Chart

9.8.1989 10:01 Palomar 116w51 33n21 observations 1

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Named for Castalia, a nymph pursued by Apollo {see planet  (1862)}. Fleeing his attention, she dived into the earth, whence a spring burst forth and was given her name. The mythical spring, on Mount Parnassus at Delphi, was the site of the most important oracle to ancient Greece. Castalia was sacred to the muses and was considered a divine source of poetic inspiration. The name also refers to a genus of aquatic plants of the water-lily family, distinguished by rounded, floating leaves and large, fragrant flowers of various colors. (M 18464)

Name suggested by S. Ostro, who captured the stunning radar images of 1989 PB soon after its discovery.

The name Castalia is another spelling of Kastalia — see planet  (646).

Avastatud: 9-8-1989 Avastamiskoht: Palomar Avastajad: Helin, E. F.

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