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Discovered 1802 Mar. 28 by H. W. Olbers at Bremen.

War-like appellation of Athene {see planet  (881)} or Minerva {see planet  (93)}, goddess of wisdom, war and the liberal arts, who sprang from Zeus’ {see planet  (5731)} head. (H 1)

The symbol used for Pallas in ancient Open image in new window times was a head of a spear.

The planet was discovered accidentally while looking for (1) Ceres. This is also the name of a lunar crater.

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