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72 Feronia

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Discovery date  May 29, 1861
Aphelion  379.895 Gm (2.539 AU)
Semi-major axis  339.027 Gm (2.266 AU)
Inclination  5.417°
Discovery site  Litchfield Observatory
Minor planet category  Main belt
Perihelion  298.159 Gm (1.993 AU)
Discovered  29 May 1861
Orbits  Sun
Asteroid group  Asteroid belt
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Discovered by  Christian Heinrich Friedrich Peters
Discoverer  Christian Heinrich Friedrich Peters
Similar  Christian Heinrich Friedrich Peters discoveries, Other celestial objects

72 Feronia (/fəˈrniə/ fə-ROH-nee-ə) is a quite large and dark main belt asteroid. It was the first asteroid discovery by C. H. F. Peters, on May 29, 1861 from Hamilton College, New York State. It was initially thought that Peters had merely seen the already known asteroid 66 Maja, but T.H. Safford showed that it was a new body. Safford named it after Feronia, a Roman fertility goddess.

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72 Feronia Wikipedia


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