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Discovered 1881 May 19 by J. Palisa at Vienna.
Named in honor of Princess Stephanie of Belgium who in the year of discovery married Archduke Rudolf (1858–1889), Crown Prince of Austria and only son of Emperor Franz Joseph I (1830–1916). Rudolf’s later romance with a court beauty, Baroness Maria Vetsera, led to one of the most discussed tragedies of the day when they were found dead in his hunting lodge at Mayerling, near Vienna. (H 27)
Named (BAJ Circ., No. 220 (1884)) by His Majesty the Emperor of Austria.
This was Palisa’s first discovery after transferring to Vienna from Pola.