Friday, 11 March 2011

Salacia, Roman mythology for (120347) 2004 SB60

In February of 2011, (120347) 2004 SB60 was officially named (120347) Salacia.

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Roman mythology

Salacia was a goddess of the sea, salt water and springs of highly mineralized waters. She was the personification of the calm and sunlit aspect of the sea. Derived from Latin sal meaning "salt", the name Salacia denotes the wide, open sea, and is sometimes literally translated to mean sensational.

The god Neptune wanted to marry Salacia, but she was in great awe of her distinguished suitor, and with grace and celerity, she managed to glide out of his sight, and hid from him in the Atlantic Ocean. The grieving Neptune sent a dolphin to look for her and persuade the fair nymph to come back and share his throne. Salacia agreed to marry Neptune and the King of the Deep was so overjoyed at these good tidings that the dolphin was awarded a place in the heavens, where he now forms a well known constellation Delphinus. (Wikipedia)

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