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(281) Lucretia

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Discovered 1888 Oct. 31 by J. Palisa at Vienna.

Named in honor of Lucretia Caroline Herschel (1750–1848), sister of the discoverer (1781) of Uranus Sir William Herschel (1738–1822) {see planet  (2000)}, whom she assisted, beginning in 1772. She independently discovered seven or eight comets. After her brother’s death she returned from England to Hannover, Germany and constructed a catalogue of the nebulae and clusters discovered by him. She received the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society in 1828. (AN 120, 335 (1889))

Named by Mrs. Šafařik, wife of the astronomer Adalbert Šafařik, professor of astronomy at the Prague University.

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