|Chiron or Cheiron (ˈkaɪrɒn, -rən, ˈkaɪrɒn, -rən)|
|1.||Greek myth a wise and kind centaur who taught many great heroes in their youth, including Achilles, Actaeon, and Jason|
|2.||a minor planet, discovered by Charles Kowal in 1977, revolving round the sun between the orbits of Saturn and Uranus|
|Cheiron or Cheiron|
|one of a race of monsters having the head, trunk, and arms of a man, and the body and legs of a horse|
|a large dragon who guarded the chasm at Delphi from which prophetic vapors emerged, killed by Apollo, who established his oracle on the site|
|Chiron (kī'rŏn') Pronunciation Key
A large cometlike body with an orbit mostly between Saturn and Uranus. Discovered in 1977, Chiron was originally identified as an asteroid, but it has since been reclassified as a Centaur. Like a comet, Chiron has been observed to display a nebulous coma in its closest approach to the Sun, but at approximately 200 km (124 mi) in diameter it is far larger than any other known comet. See more at Centaur.