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(280) Philia

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Discovered 1888 Oct. 29 by J. Palisa at Vienna.

This name belongs to the nymph who, with Koronis {see planet  (158)} and Clyda educated the young Dionysos {see planet  (3671)} on Naxos. See also the citation for planet  (44). (H 33) Named by A. Berberich.

The planet was accidentally discovered while searching for (255) Oppavia. The ephemeris position, computed by Berberich, however was in error by 1 degree in declination. A spelling mistake thus led to the discovery of a new planet. Palisa therefore transferred the naming right to the Berlin astronomer.

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