Nessus

1993 HA2. Discovered 1993 Apr. 26 by the Spacewatch at Kitt Peak.

Named for the centaur responsible for the death of Heracles {see planet (5143)}. Driven from his home in Arcadia {see planet (1020)} by Heracles, Nessus established himself as a ferryman who later encountered Heracles on travels with his new bride Dejanira {see planet (157)}. Entrusted with ferrying Dejanira across the river Evenus, Nessus attempted to violate her and was as a result killed by Heracles. Before dying, Nessus gave Dejanira a poisonous love charm that she later unwittingly administered to Heracles. (M 29671)

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