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 precedence dans la decouverte, en hommage au Dante je propose pour cette planete le nom de Beatrix".

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