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( 26763 ) Pirithous is an asteroid from the group of Jupiter Trojans. Thus asteroids are called, which run on the orbit of the planet Jupiter on the Lagrange points around the sun. He is associated with the Lagrangian point L4, ie ( 26763 ) Peirithoos runs Jupiter in its orbit around the sun at 60 ° ahead.
The asteroid was discovered on September 24, 1960 by the Dutch astronomer Cornelis Johannes van Houten couple and Ingrid van Houten - Groeneveld. The discovery came as part of the Palomar - Leiden Survey, which recorded by Tom Gehrels with the 120 - inch Oschin Schmidt telescope at Palomar Observatory field plates at Leiden University were screened.
( 26763 ) Pirithous was named after Pirithous, king of the Lapiths in Thessaly and friend of Theseus. The appointment was made on 18 March 2003. Forward in advance Trojans are named after the Greek hero.