Wednesday, 26 September 2007

(83982) Crantor, thud

(83982) Crantor is a centaur in a 1:1 mean motion resonance with Uranus discovered in April of 2002. There are prediscovery images back to January of 2002 and April-March of 2001. The orbit is between Saturn-Uranus and Uranus-Neptune.It has a perihelion of 14.1 AU and an aphelion of 25.0 AU. It has an inclination of 12.8º. It has a diameter of about 70 km. It was first suggested as a possible co-orbital of Uranus in the year 2006.


Greek mythology

Crantor was a Lapith who was killed by the centaur Demoleon in the battle between the Lapiths and the Centaurs. Demoleon fatally wounded Crantor after he tore off Crantor's chest and left shoulder with a tree trunk that Demoleon had thrown at Theseus, who ducked out of the way.


Dealing with a sudden end

(83982) Crantor is always involved in situations were a sudden death or end can become in any moment for reasons beyond our control, like in the movies "Crimson Tide" (1995) or "The Sum of All Fears" (2002). (83982) Crantor, also has to deal with that unexpected sudden end or death, like in the movies "Minority Report" (2002), "K-Pax" (2002), "The Wedding Planner" (2001), "Japanese Story" (2003), "Apollo 13" (1995) or in the book "A Wizard of Earthsea" (Le Guin, 1968).

Sotz (the bat) in Mayan mythology

Ursula K. Le Guin, author of the book "A Wizard of Earthsea" (1968), has an energy square formed by the opposition of Nessus in Aries and 2003 OP32 in Libra in the Crossing Axis of the Age Progressions (Basis Horoscope / Moon-Node Horoscope) and the opposition of Crantor in Capricorn and Pluto in Cancer.