Asteroid 624, Hektor, a Jupiter Trojan, was discovered on February 10, 1907 by August Kopff at Heidelberg, Germany. It has a period of 11 years, 271 days and is about 225 miles in diameter.

Hektor was named for a son of King Priam of Troy, a mighty warrior killed by Achilles in retaliation for Hektor's killing of Patroclus. Hektor was the husband of Andromache and the father of Astyanax, who was murdered on the orders of Odysseus. The name was suggested by Johann Palisa and was originally spelled "Hector."

Achilles and Hector, by Peter Paul Rubens

Astrologically, Hektor seems to signify hectoring, bullying, bravery.

Fringe minister, professional demonstrator and frothing, obsessed homophobe Fred Phelps has Hektor semisquare Jupiter (religion, philosophy), square Venus (values, social skills), and quincunx Saturn (work, consequences).

Mike Tyson, a notoriously violent and brutal man with a history of rape, domestic violence, and imprisonment, has Hektor sextile the Sun (to shine) and square Venus and Juno (relationships).

George W. Bush, who has shamelessly built his foreign policy around war and military coercion, has Hektor in the fifth house of pleasure, trine the Midheaven (career, reputation, authority) and sesquiquadrate Mercury (ideas, speaking, writing).

Right-wing politician and notorious partisan bully Tom DeLay (born April 8, 1947 in Laredo) has Hektor trine/sextile the Nodal axis (connections), sesquiquadrate Uranus (radicalism), and opposite Saturn.

Neil Armstrong, commander of the Apollo 11 lunar mission, who inspired millions when he became the first human ever to walk on the moon in 1969, has Hektor conjunct the Sun and Ceres.

Jessica Lynch, one of the best-known American military heroes of the Second Persian Gulf War, has Hektor sextile the Sun and square Uranus (a break with tradition).

Nelson Mandela, who endured decades of imprisonment rather than cave in to the brutal apartheid regime of South Africa, has Hektor semisextile Jupiter and Vesta (dedication) and trine Pallas (politics) and Chiron (the door-opener).

Enrico Fermi, who brought about the first controlled nuclear chain reaction under the University of Chicago football stadium without being able to feel 100 percent sure that the city of Chicago would still be there when the chain reaction was over, had Hektor conjunct Jupiter (expansion), semisquare Juno (relating), and biquintile Pallas.

Margaret Thatcher, a famously determined politician nicknamed The Iron Lady who battled Britain's powerful unions and entrenched liberal interests as prime minister, has Hektor in the fourth house, conjunct the IC, square the East Point (as the world sees you) and tredecile Pallas.

The glyph for Hektor is mine.

Thanks to Jonathan Dunn, who has done work on this asteroid, for introducing me to it.

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