Discovered 1874 Feb. 18 by C. H. F. Peters at Clinton.

Named for the Teutonic and Scandinavian goddess of fertility (also Nerthus, see planet (601)). The discoverer was born in southern Schleswig, at that time a region of Denmark. A few years prior to the discovery he visited Scandinavia. (H 17)

E. Weiss stated in Littrow, Wunder des Himmels, 7. ed., p. 446 (1886): "Möge ihr Erscheinen Freude und Frieden wie in der deutschen Mythe, nur fur langere Zeit als dort, bedeuten."

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