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(188) Menippe

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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)

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