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76 Freia

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Discovered by  Heinrich d'Arrest
Aphelion  594.715 Gm (3.975 AU)
Semi-major axis  511.306 Gm (3.418 AU)
Orbits  Sun
Discoverer  Heinrich Louis d'Arrest
Discovery date  October 21, 1862
Perihelion  427.898 Gm (2.860 AU)
Discovered  21 October 1862
Spectral type  C-type asteroid
Named after  Freyja
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Minor planet category  Outer main belt (Cybele)
Discovery site  Copenhagen University Observatory, Litchfield Observatory
Similar  36 Atalante, 56 Melete, 47 Aglaja, 62 Erato, 34 Circe

76 Freia (/ˈfr.ə/ FRY) is a very large main-belt asteroid. It orbits in the outer part of the asteroid belt and is classified as a Cybele asteroid. Its composition is very primitive and it is extremely dark in color. Freia was discovered by the astronomer Heinrich d'Arrest on October 21, 1862, in Copenhagen, Denmark. It was his first and only asteroid discovery. It is named after the goddess Freyja in Norse mythology.

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