1991 VL. Discovered 1991 Nov. 7 by C. S. Shoemaker and E. M. Shoemaker and D. H. Levy at Palomar.

Heracles, son of Zeus and the Theban princess Alcmena {see planets (5731) and (82)}, united the finest qualities of mind and heart, according to the traditions of the heroic age. His perseverance, crowned with victories, showed the triumph of the divine part of man's nature over the earthly. Through his fabled twelve labors, he achieved immortality and took his seat among the gods. (M 20523)

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