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Icarus,

in astronomy: see asteroidasteroid,
 planetoid,
or minor planet,
small body orbiting the sun. More than 300,000 asteroids have been identified and cataloged; more than a million are believed to exist in the main belt between Mars and Jupiter, with many more in the Kuiper belt
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Icarus:

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, in Greek mythology, craftsman and inventor. After killing his apprentice Talos in envy, he fled from Greece to Crete. There, he arranged the liaison between Pasiphaë and the Cretan Bull that resulted in the Minotaur.
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Icarus

(ik -ă-rŭs) ((1566) Icarus) An asteroid that was discovered in 1949 by Walter Baade and passed only 0.04 AU from the Earth in 1968. It belongs to the Apollo group of near-Earth asteroids and has one of the smallest perihelion distances (0.205 AU), well within the orbit of Mercury. See Table 3, backmatter.

Icarus

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

Icarus, asteroid 1566 (the 1566th asteroid to be discovered, on June 22, 1949), was named after the character from Greek mythology who died because he flew so close to the Sun that his wings (which were made of feathers and wax) melted. At the time, Icarus and his father were flying away from imprisonment on the island of Crete. The name is appropriate, in that Icarus’s eccentric orbit (which takes a little more than a terrestrial year) carries it closer to the Sun than to Mercury. The asteroid is less than 1½ kilometers in diameter and is one of the more recent asteroids to be investigated by astrologers. Preliminary material on Icarus can be found in Demetra George and Douglas Bloch’s Astrology for Yourself, and an ephemeris (table of celestial locations) for Icarus can be found in the second edition of George and Bloch’s Asteroid Goddesses. Unlike the planets, which are associated with a wide range of phenomena, the smaller asteroids are said to represent a single principle. George and Bloch give Icarus’s principle as “liberation”; their tentative key phrase for Icarus is “My capacity for liberation and risk-taking.” Zipporah Dobyns regards the occurrence of Icarus in a prominent house, sign, or aspect related to the element fire as indicating the danger of overreaching oneself or acting prematurely. J. Lee Lehman relates Icarus to the power one gains from reconstituting oneself after the experience of “death” (in one form or another). In a more exoteric vein, Lehman also associates Icarus with flight and accidents. Jacob Schwartz gives this asteroid’s astrological significance as “a need to escape quickly from restrictions, speed, risk taking, shamanic power, awareness of evolving through experience.”

Sources:

Dobyns, Zipporah. Expanding Astrology’s Universe. San Diego: Astro Computing Services, 1983.
George, Demetra, with Douglas Bloch. Asteroid Goddesses: The Mythology, Psychology and Astrology of the Reemerging Feminine. 2d ed. San Diego: Astro Computing Services, 1990.
George. Astrology for Yourself: A Workbook for Personal Transformation. Berkeley, CA: Wingbow Press, 1987.
Lehman, J. Lee. The Ultimate Asteroid Book. West Chester, PA: Whitford Press, 1988.
Schwartz, Jacob. Asteroid Name Encyclopedia. St. Paul, MN: Llewellyn Publications, 1995.

Icarus

 

asteroid number 1566. Icarus was discovered by the American astronomer W. Baade in 1949. Its mean distance from the sun is 1.08 astronomical units; its eccentricity, 0.83; and the inclination of its orbit, 23°. Its diameter does not exceed 2 km. Owing to the peculiarities of its orbit, it can approach the earth at a distance of 0.04 astronomical units. It is named for the ancient Greek hero Icarus.

Icarus

[‚ik·ə·rəs]
(astronomy)
An asteroid with a highly eccentric orbit (eccentricity of 0.827) that crosses the earth's orbit and takes the asteroid to only 0.187 astronomical units from the sun, closer than Mercury.

Icarus

Daedalus’s son whose wings disintegrated in flight when approaching the sun. [Gk. Myth.: Kravitz, 126]
See: Flying

Icarus

artificial wings destroyed by flying too close to sun. [Gk. Myth.: Kravitz, 126]
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