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(2340) Hathor

Reference work entry

1976 UA. Discovered 1976 Oct. 22 by C. T. Kowal at Palomar.

Like the other objects of Aten type, (2340) is named for an Egyptian deity. Known as a sky-goddess and the daughter of Ra, Hathor was also identified with Aphrodite {see planet  (1388)}. (M 6060)

Name proposed by E. Helin, who made an independent discovery of the object and who also made crucial recovery observations in 1981.

Hathor is the same goddess as Athor {see planet  (161)}.

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