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Hercules & the 5143 Heracles Asteroid - Zurich, Switzerland
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Metro2
N 47° 22.449 E 008° 32.315
32T E 465165 N 5246846
Quick Description: Hercules is also known as Heracles. This fountain and sculpture are located at the intersection of Bahnhofstrasse and Oetenbachgasse in Zurich.
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Date Posted: 3/5/2015 11:16:21 AM
Waymark Code: WMNFDQ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Bernd das Brot Team
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Long Description:
This sculpture of Hercules is recognizable by the lion skin that he almost always carries. It is set on a column beside a fountain.
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Wikipedia (visit link) informs us:

"Hercules is the Roman name for the Greek divine hero Heracles, who was the son of Zeus (Roman equivalent Jupiter) and the mortal Alcmene. In classical mythology, Hercules is famous for his strength and for his numerous far-ranging adventures.

The Romans adapted the Greek hero's iconography and myths for their literature and art under the name Hercules. In later Western art and literature and in popular culture, Hercules is more commonly used than Heracles as the name of the hero. Hercules was a multifaceted figure with contradictory characteristics, which enabled later artists and writers to pick and choose how to represent him. This article provides an introduction to representations of Hercules in the later tradition."

As for the asteroid, Wikipedia (visit link) informs us:

5143 Heracles (1991 VL) is an Apollo asteroid, Mercury grazer, Mars crosser and near-Earth object discovered on November 7, 1991 by Shoemaker, C. S. at Palomar Observatory.

It was discovered to be a binary asteroid by Arecibo Observatory in December 2011."
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Celestial Body: Asteroid

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