Epona

1986 WA. Discovered 1986 Nov. 27 by A. Maury at Palomar.

Named for the Gaulish goddess of horses and horseriders, specifically with respect to those on Palomar Mountain, where this object was discovered. The name derives from the ancient Indo-European word "Ekwos", which gave among others the words Epos (in Gaulish), Hippos (in Greek) and Equus (in Latin). Horses have been long used by mankind in their conquest of new worlds, and there is hope that rockets with large "horsepower" will let us soon explore earth-crossing asteroids such as this one. (M 16443)

Citation written by the discoverer with the very knowledgeable help of J. P. Rivet and at the suggestion of many other French amateur astronomers.

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