Discovered 1907 Nov. 27 by J. H. Metcalf at Taunton.

Named after the daughter of king Magas of Cyrene (273?-221 B.C.) and wife (247 B.C.) of Ptolemaeus III. Berenike sacrified her magnificent hair at the temple of Venus after the safely return of Ptolemaeus from a war against Syria. The hair was transferred to the skies and formed a constellation (Coma Berenices). (LDS)

The naming might be influenced by the two letters of the provisional designation 1907 BK. See also the remarks to planet (579).

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