(178) Belisana

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Discovered 1877 Nov. 6 by J. Palisa at Pola.

Named for Belisana, the name of Athene or Minerva {see planets  (881) and  (93)} among the Gauls, signifying the “queen of heaven”. Belisana is also the most warlike goddess among British Celts. (H 22; A. Schnell)

Named by M. Loewy at the request of the discoverer. The first interpretation seems more likely because the naming was performed after Loewy’s naturalization in France.

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