1979 WM. Discovered 1979 Nov. 22 by C. T. Kowal at Palomar.

Alcathous proved himself the noblest suitor in all of Troy by marrying Hippodamia {see planet (692)}, eldest and dearest daughter of Anchises {see planet (1173)}, who excelled all other girls of her age in beauty, skill and wit. As the Trojans achieved their greatest advance toward the Greek ships, Alcathous, previously uninjured in the Trojan War, was struck by Poseidon {see planet (4341)} with blindness and paralysis. In this hapless state he was killed easily by a spear thrown by Idomeneus {see planet (2759)}. (M 21128)

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

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