Chiron's Passage

1990. Acrylic on canvas panel. 22"x28".

2060 Chiron travels in a 50.7 year orbit that brings it slightly closer to the sun than Saturn. Its unstable orbit has led astronomers to suspect it was perturbed out of the more distant Kuiper Belt. Although it is similar in size to a large asteroid, it exhibits a faint dust and gas coma like a comet. Because of this dual nature it was named after a centaur, one of the mythical half-human horses of ancient Greek mythology.

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