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(8) Flora

Reference work entry

Discovered 1847 Oct. 18 by J. R. Hind at London.

Named for the goddess of flowers and gardens, wife of Zephyrus. (H 2)

Named by J. Herschel (AN 26, 254 (1847)): “Pallas, Juno, Ceres and Vesta, as sober and majestic Duennas will abundantly provide for the respectability of the group between Mars and Jupiter, while Astraea, Iris, Hebe, and Flora will attract all eyes and fill all imaginations with sweet and graceful images.” The Open image in new window symbol used for Flora in ancient times was the rose of England.

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