Asteroid 6063, Jason, an Apollo asteroid, was discovered May 27, 1984 by Carolyn S. Shoemaker and Eugene M. Shoemaker at Palomar Observatory near Pauma Valley, California. It has a period of 3 years, 112 days and a highly eccentric orbit that takes it close to the inner planets on numerous occasions.

It was named for the ancient Greek hero Jason, leader of the Argonauts, a task force that he put together to obtain the Golden Fleece; they were named for their ship, the Argo.

Jason and the Golden Fleece (completed 1608), by Belgian (Flemish) painter Erasmus Quellin

The Golden Fleece had belonged to a flying ram sent to rescue Phrixus and his twin sister Helle, children of Athamas, king of the ancient Greek region of Boeotia, and the cloud goddess Nephele, from their wicked stepmother who was trying to have them killed. During their flight Helle looked down, got acrophobia, fell off the ram and drowned in one of the straits connecting the Black Sea to the Mediterranea, known as the Dardanelles, often called in antiquity the Hellespont (sea of Helle).But Phrixus survived all the way to Colchis (modern-day western Republic of Georgia), where King AeŽtes, the son of the sun god Helios, took him in and treated him kindly, giving Phrixus his daughter, Chalciope, in marriage. In gratitude, Phrixus sacrificed the ram to Zeus and gave Aeetes the golden fleece of the ram, which AeŽtes hung in a tree in the sacred grove of Ares in his kingdom, guarded by a dragon that never slept.

Jason went on the quest of the Golden Fleece to obtain the throne of Thessaly, which had been stolen from him by his uncle Pelias. He got it, and also won the heart of Aeetes' daughter Medea, a powerful witch who helped him win the Fleece through her sorcery. She also tricked Pelias' daughters into murdering their father, for which Jason was driven out of Thessaly. He later won the throne, but he died poor and lonely, crushed underneath the stern of the hulk of the Argo as he slept, as punishment from Hera for betraying Medea, who he had abandoned, attempting to make a political marriage with Creusa, daughter of the king of Corinth. Medea gave Creusa a poisoned gown which burned her up when she put it on; then Medea killed her two sons by Jason and flew off in a magic chariot. Jason had also impregnated and abandoned Hypsipyle, queen of the island of Lemnos, during his quest for the Golden Fleece. Dante, in The Inferno puts him in the first round of the eighth circle of Hell, where the pimps and faithless lovers are punished.

One of the best known villains of horror cinema is Jason Voorhees of the Friday the 13th films, a reanimated corpse in a hockey mask who originally drowned at summer camp in 1957 because the counselors who were supposed to be watching him were having sex instead; his mother murdered teenage camp counselors in revenge and then after her death Jason murdered his way through numerous installments of the franchise.

Jason Voorhees

Astrologically, asteroid Jason a quest for discovery, self-realization, need to keep faith with and maintain bonds of love, need to be trustworthy; the consequences of betrayal, neglect of those from whom one receives loves, or irresponsibility; giving or suffering revenge. It can also serve as a name asteroid for people named Jason, a common male name in the Western world.

The glyph for asteroid Jason is mine.

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