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(2347) Vinata

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1936 TK. Discovered 1936 Oct. 7 by H. L. Giclas at Flagstaff.

Named for a daughter of Prajapati and wife of the sage Kasyapa in the mythology of India. She laid only two eggs, while her sister and Kasyapa’s other wife laid a thousand. After five hundred years her sister’s eggs hatched into serpents. Jealous and impatient, she broke the shell of one of her two eggs to find Aruna {see planet  (2313)} inside with only his upper half developed. The second egg hatched into Garuda {see planet  (2307)}, who had such spiritual purity as to exceed that of all his thousand half-brothers. (M 21606)

Named by the Minor Planet Names Committee following a suggestion by F. Pilcher.

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