(996) Hilaritas

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Discovered 1923 Mar. 21 by J. Palisa at Vienna.

The name stands for a happy or contented mind. This was an important quality of Palisa’s character who is honored by this planet. (H 95)

Named by the Austrian astronomer J. Rheden in agreement with Anna Palisa, the second wife of the discoverer (AN 240, 303 (1930)).

The planets  (902) and  (975) have been named in a similar way after the death of Palisa.

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