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(83) Beatrix

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Discovered 1865 Apr. 26 by A. de Gasparis at Naples.

Named for a Florentine lady of the noble family of Portinari, immortalized by Dante {see planet  (2999)} in his “Divine Comedy”. Beatrix is also the name of the discoverer’s daughter. (H 12)

The remark in Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., Vol. 25, p. 221 (1875) states “in honor to Dante”. The discoverer in AN 64, 256 (1875) stated: “Sauf précédence dans la découverte, en hommage au Dante je propose pour cette planète le nom de Béatrix”.

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