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(4792) Lykaon

Reference work entry

1988 RK1. Discovered 1988 Sept. 10 by C. S. Shoemaker and E. M. Shoemaker at Palomar.

Named for the brother of Polydoros and a son of Priam {see planets  (4708) and  (844)}; born of the queen Laothoe. Some years before the Trojan war, Achilles {see planet  (588)} captured Lykaon and sold him into slavery, but Lykaon made his way back to Troy, only to be killed by Achilles beside the River Skamander. (M 18465)

Name and citation provided by Richard Preston at the request of the discoverers.

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