Pholus
Number
5145
Provisional name
1992 AD
Class
Centaur
Discovery date
09.01.1992
Discovery chart
Discovery position
0 Leo 36' Rx
Time of announcement
23.01.1992 - no clock time given
Orbital period
92.2 years
Orbit
  • crosses the orbits of Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and also Pluto
Aphelion
31.983 AU
Perihelion
  8.730 AU
Semimajor axis
20.357 AU
Magnitude
7.0
Diameter
110 - 240 km

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

Mythology
Pholus, like Chiron, was a civilized centaur. He lived in a cave on Mount Pelion and was the keeper of a cask of wine given to him by Dionysus, which he had kept three generations, and which was the collective property of all the Centaurs.

Pholus was friend of Herakles, who once visited the cave. Pholus invited Herakles to dine with him. Herakles asked for wine, and Pholus opened the jar. The neighboring centaurs became intoxicated with the smell of wine, and a huge riot broke out. Chiron was accidentally wounded by the poisonous arrows of Herakles. Also Pholus accidentally wounded himself with one of the arrows, and died quickly as a result.

Pholus
 
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