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(4) Vesta

Reference work entry

Discovered 1807 Mar. 29 by H. W. Olbers at Bremen.

Named for the patroness of the vestal virgins, goddess of fire and sister of Ceres {see planet  (1)}. (H 1)

Named by C. F. Gauss. The symbol used Open image in new window for Vesta in ancient times was an altar with fire upon it.

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