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(407) Arachne

Reference work entry

Discovered 1895 Oct. 13 by M. F. Wolf at Heidelberg.

Named for a daughter of Idmon, a dyer. She was so skillful in weaving that she challenged Athena {see planet  (881)} to a weaving contest. When Athena ripped the cloth, Arachne hanged herself and was changed into a spider. (Z 27)

Named by A. Berberich (AN 156, 127 (1901)).

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