Eriphyla


Asteroid 462, Eriphyla, was discovered on October 22, 1900 by Maximilian Wolf at Heidelberg, Germany. It has a period of 4 years, 318 days and is 35.63 kilometers (a little over 22 miles in diameter).

It was named for the sister of Adrastus, king of Argos, and wife of Amphiaraus, who foretold the disastrous end of the expedition of the Seven against Thebes. Eriphyle caused her husband to accompany the expedition and was killed by her son Alcmaeon on the news of his father's death.

The meaning of asteroid Eriphyla seems to be to backfire, to shoot off one's mouth (Damien Foor); to promote, to assert, to rant, to shatter, to lay claim.



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