Asteroid 16522, Tell, was discovered on January 15, 1991 by Freimut Borngen at Tautenburg, Thuringia, Germany. It has a period of 5 years, 249 days.

It was named for mythical Swiss hero Wilhelm (or William) Tell, a fighter for Swiss independence from the Austrians in the fourteenth century.

The Apple Shooting ,a painting by Swiss artist Ernst Stuckelberg (1831-1903), which depicts a famous mythical incident in which William Tell is forced by the cruel Austrian lord Gessler to shoot an apple off his son's head

The meaning of asteroid Tell, though, seems to be what its name might suggest to an English speaker: to tell, or tattle.

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