(34) Circe

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Discovered 1855 Apr. 6 by J. Chacornac at Paris.

Named for the enchantress, daughter of the Sun, celebrated for her knowledge of magic and venomous herbs. Circe changed the companions of Odysseus {see planet  (1143)} into pigs. She had no influence on Odysseus because Hermes protected him. Odysseus lived a year with Circe, his friends were retransformed into men. (H 6)

The planet was named by the members of Paris observatory.

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