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(458) Hercynia

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Discovered 1900 Sept. 21 by M. F. Wolf and A. Schwassmann at Heidelberg.

This is the Latin name for the mountainous forests in Germany from the upper part of the Rhine to the Carpathian Mountains in southeastern Europe, which, according to Caesar, required nine days journey to cross it. The name (Hercynia silva) was later used only for parts of the entire region. (H 50; AN 162, 195 (1903))

Named by J. Riem of Astronomisches Rechen-Institut, Berlin, who computed the orbit.

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