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(388) Charybdis

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Discovered 1894 Mar. 7 by A. Charlois at Nice.

Named for a daughter of Poseidon and Gaea who was thrown into the sea off Sicily by Zeus {see planet  (5731)} where by swallowing and spewing water she created a whirlpool. Odysseus {see planet  (1143)}, concerned with avoiding Charybdis, lost six of his men to the monster Scylla {see planet  (155)}. Charybdis is an island, close to Scylla, where a whirlpool was. A giant woman was spying water in and out three times per day. (H 42)

See also the remarks to planet  (356).

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