Typhon
Number
42355
Provisional name
2002 CR46
Class
Quasi-Centaur
Discovery
05.02.2002, 05:47:18 UT, Palomar Mountain, CA, USA
Discovery chart
Discovery position
4 Leo 59' Rx
Time of announcement
13.02.2002 - 17:43 UT
Naming
09.11.2006
Orbital period
233.0 years
Orbit
  • crosses the orbits of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto
Aphelion
57.688 AU
Perihelion
17.518 AU
Semimajor axis
37.603 AU
Magnitude
7.2
Diameter
69 - 220 km
Inclination
2.4
 
Typhon has a binary companion. Typhon is the first known binary Centaur, and its system seems to be more tightly bound than most other known binaries.
Discovery of a Binary Centaur

Satellite
Echidna
Discovery
20.01.2006, 09:50 - 10:14 UT, Hubble Space Telescope (HST)
Time of announcement
15.02.2006
Naming
November 2006
Distance between pair
n. 2 700 km

Photograph copyright © Susanna Kauppinen. All rights reserved.
Photo: Copyright © Susanna Kauppinen.

Mythology
In Greek mythology Typhon was a son of Gaia and Tartaros. He was so huge that his head was said to brush the stars.

Typhon is said to be the cause of volcanic eruptions and the father of hot dangerous storm winds. His name is considered to be a possible etymology for the word "typhoon".

Echidna was the lurking wife of Typhon. She was offspring of Ceto and Phorcys.

Theoi Project - Typhoeus

Astrology
New Moon in Sagittarius -- 27.11.2008, 16:55 UT (Uranus opposite Saturn-Typhon conjunction)

Full Moon in Sagittarius -- 07.06.2009, 18:12 UT (Full Moon square Saturn-Typhon conjunction)