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Discovered 1891 Aug. 30 by J. Palisa at Vienna.
Named for the country in Asia between the Tigris and Euphrates whose capital was Babylon. The Chaldaeans were famous for originating astrology as it is known today. (H 36)
Name assigned by Miss Catherine W. Bruce of New York at the invitation of Dr. Palisa, in token of the gratitude of astronomers (Astron. J., Vol. 11, No. 8, p. 64 (1891)).