Rubicon


Asteroid 11302, Rubicon, was discovered on January 27, 1993 by Eric W. Elst at the CERGA Observatory at Caussols, Alpes-Maritimes, France. It has a period of 4 years, 251 days.

It is named for the Fiumicino River, a small, shallow river flowing into the Adriatic in east-central Italy which in Roman times was known as the Rubico, from its reddish (Latin rubeus) color caused by the mud it was carrying, or (more widely) the Rubicon. It formed part of the boundary between the ancient province of Cisalpine Gaul in the Italian north and the territory of the Roman Republic in central Italy. In 49 BCE, Julius Caesar deliberately crossed this river into Roman Republic territory with his army without disbanding it first as required by Roman law at the time in a power play that would have been either successful (as it was) or resulted in his execution and that of all of his soldiers. From this is derived the expression "crossing the Rubicon", which means performing a step that definitely commits a person to a given course of action.

The meaning of asteroid Rubicon, according to Henk Middleraad, who also designed its glyph, is committed, no return possible..



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