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(21) Lutetia

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Discovered 1852 Nov. 15 by H. Goldschmidt at Paris.

This planet is named for the city of Paris by its Latin name. The discoverer was a German painter living in Paris who discovered 14 minor planets, some from his window above the Cafe Procope. (H 4)

Named (AN 35, 343 (1852)) by F. J. D. Arago, director of the Paris Observatory.

This is the first minor planet discovered by an amateur astronomer.

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