August 23 – 124 Alkeste

Main belt asteroid 124 Alkeste is an S-type of just over 76 km diameter, discovered on August 23rd, 1872 by C H F Peters from Hamilton College in New York State. The name refers to Alcestis, daughter of the mythological Greek king Pelias, and eponymous subject of the play by Euripides which won second prize at the City Dionysia in 438 BC.

Acestis and Admetus, a fresco from the "House of the Tragic Poet", Pompeii.

Acestis and Admetus, a fresco from the “House of the Tragic Poet”, Pompeii.

The name was chosen by Adelinde Weiss, wife of the Austrian astronomer Edmund Weiss.

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