Discovered 1878 June 18 by C. H. F. Peters at Clinton.
Named after a daughter of the celebrated hunter Orion who offered to die with her sister Metioche when a pestilence was raging in the Greek province Boeotia and the oracle had demanded the sacrifice of two virgins. Their voluntary sacrifice was rewarded by a place in the heavens as comets. Menippe is also the name of one of the Nereids. (H 23)