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(464) Megaira

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Discovered 1901 Jan. 9 by M. F. Wolf at Heidelberg.

Named for one of the three Erinyes or Furiae, daughters of Nox and Acheron, avenging spirits who bring retribution on those guilty of a wide variety of sins including homicide, perjury, and lack of hospitality. The three are Alecto (Unresting), Megaera (Jealous), and Tisiphone (Avenger). (H 50)

This is the first numbered minor planet detected in the 20th century.

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