Discovered 1883 Nov. 28 by J. Palisa at Vienna.
Named for an atoll of the Line Islands, 450 miles northwest of Papeete, Tahiti, where the discoverer observed the solar eclipse of May 6, 1883. Palisa observed the solar neighborhood in order to find an intra-Mercurian planet. (H 28)
Named by the discoverer (BAJ Circ., No. 218 (1883)) in remembrance of his voyage to this island.