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(499) Venusia

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Discovered 1902 Dec. 24 by M. F. Wolf at Heidelberg.

Named for the insula Venusia, or Hveen, island in the Sound between Denmark and Sweden, provided by King Frederick II of Denmark in 1576 to Tycho Brahe {see planet  (1677)} for his observatories Uraniborg and Stjerneborg. (H 54; AN 166, 319 (1904))

Named on the occasion of a visit of the participants of the 1904 meeting of the Astronomische Gesellschaft in Lund, Sweden, by Miss Bruhns, daughter of C. Bruhns, director of the Leipzig Observatory.

The island is also commemorated by planets  (379) and  (1678).

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