Polypoites

1985 TL3. Discovered 1985 Oct. 14 by C. S. Shoemaker and E. M. Shoemaker at Palomar.

Named after the victor in a contest among the Greeks to see who would win an iron meteorite by throwing it the farthest. Polypoites flung the meteorite "as far as a herdsman throws a cattle staff, rifling it clear across the herd". When it landed it probably made a small impact crater. (M 12976)

Name proposed by Dorothy and Jerome Preston, who suggested that, had the discoverers been present at the Trojan War, they might have studied with some interest the result of Polypoites' throw.

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