Asclepius

1989 FC. Discovered 1989 Mar. 31 by H. E. Holt and N. G. Thomas at Palomar.

Named for the Greek god of healing and medicine, son of Apollo by Coronis {see planets (1862) and (158)}. Physician to the Argonauts, many of whom he restored to life, he was killed by Zeus {see planet (5731)} with a thunderbolt for attempting to resuscitate Orion, who had been murdered by Artemis {see planet (105)}, Apollo's twin sister. For avenging Asclepius' murder by killing the Cyclops who had made the thunderbolt, Apollo was banished by Zeus. (M 18459)

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