Hylonome
Number
10370
Provisional name
1995 DW2
Class
Centaur
Discovery date
27.02.1995
Discovery chart
Discovery position
4 Libra 42' Rx
Time of announcement
10.03.1995 - 17:58 UT
Orbital period
126.5 years
Orbit
  • a rather round orbit
  • crosses the orbits of Uranus and Neptune
  • last time in perihelion in May 1995 (in Libra)
Aphelion
31.347 AU
Perihelion
18.915 AU
Semimajor axis
25.131 AU
Magnitude
8.0
Diameter
65 - 150 km

Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting in Franco Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet (1968). Getty Images.
Photo: Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting in Franco Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet (1968). Getty Images.

Mythology
Hylonome is one of the few female centaurs in mythology. She was a beautiful and civilized centauress, who was in love with a young centaur named Cyllarus. He was wounded by a spear in the battle and died in the arms of his beloved. In her despair Hylonome killed herself by throwing herself onto the same spear that had pierced her partner.

Story of Hylonome and Cyllarus on Zane Stein's site Chiron and Friends
 
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