Asteroid 12923, Zephyr, was discovered on April 11, 1999 by the Lowell Observatory Near-Earth Object Search (LONEOS) at the Anderson Mesa Station of Lowell Observatory near Flagstaff, Arizona. It has a period of 2 years, 273 days.

It was named for the Greek god of the west wind, Zephyros, from whose name the word "zephyr" (a soft, gentle breeze) comes.

Astrologically, asteroid Zephyr seems to mean: warmth, hot air, "blown away", "wafted away"; possibly, soft, gentle breeze or west winds.

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