Toutatis

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Toutatis

((4179) Toutatis) An Apollo asteroid discovered in Jan. 1989 by the French astronomer Christian Pollas. It has a chaotic 4.01-year orbit that carries it between 0.9 and 4.1 AU from the Sun. In early Dec. 1992 Toutatis traveled within 3.5 million km of the Earth (10 times farther away than the Moon). In radar images the asteroid looked like a distorted peanut, the irregular ends being 4 and 2.5 km across. In 2004, it passed the Earth again at only four times the Moon's distance.
Collins Dictionary of Astronomy © Market House Books Ltd, 2006
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One of the three main deities of Gaul and Britain, along with Teutates and Esus, according to 1st century AD Roman poet Lucan in his epic Pharsalia - written on the subject of Julius Caesar's conquest 100 years earlier.
Although not stated by Chamberlin (1930), the name was presumably derived from the Celtic god Albiorix, who was worshipped in ancient Gaul and is often thought to be equivalent to Teutates, and sometimes known as Caturix (Lindemans 2005).
Teutates. In Encyclopedia Mythica, from Encyclopedia Mythica.
61, whose divine help was petitioned to ward off the Romans, whose recent victory nearby had severed the gold trade route; (5) He had been sacrificed to three Celtic gods, whose Teutonic names survive in Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: to Teutates, the god of the tribe, by drowning; to Wodin, the war god, by strangulation with a three-knotted garotte, while his jugular was lanced and his blood collected in a bowl; and to Thor, the thunder god, by three blows to the head.
Enter Adamas, who befriends Celadon in order to further his own ends; following the Druid's detailed instructions, alongside the oak representing the trinity of the god Teutates, Celadon constructs the Temple d'Astree and the Temple de l'Amitie.