Saturday, 22 September 2007

(55576) Amycus, the anomaly

(55576) Amycus is a centaur with 3:4 resonance with Uranus discovered in April of 2002. The orbit is between Saturn-Uranus and Neptune-Kuiper belt. It has a perihelion of 15.2 AU and an aphelion of 35.1 AU. The orbit is near 3:4 resonance with Uranus. It has a diameter of about 75 km. It has an inclination of 13.4º. It came to perihelion in February of 2003. There are prediscovery images back to February and January of 2002, March of 2001, April of 2000, March of 1997, March of 1995 and November of 1987.

Greek mythology

Amycus was the first centaur to engage in battle with the Lapiths after Eurytus was killed for raping Peirithous' bride Hippodamia. He began the battle by smashing the face of the Celadon with a candelabrum stripped from the inmost wedding shrine. Pelates of Pella killed Amycus by stabbing him with a table leg from a maple tree.

(55576) Amycus always finds the anomaly that has been latent in a system (that had worked well since that time), like in the movies "The Bourne Identity" (2002), "Minority Report" (2002), "Matrix Reloaded" (2003), "Trapped" (2002), "The Life of David Gale" (2002), or "Crimson Tide" (1995).