1929 NA. Discovered 1929 July 5 by A. N. Deutsch at Simeis. Independently discovered 1929 July 28 by C. Jackson and H. E. Wood at Johannesburg.

This is a Tahitian name for a girl. The name is taken from the novel by Louis Marie Julien Viaud (pseudonym Pierre Loti, 1850-1923) Mariage de Loti. (H 107)

For many decades the wrong spelling "Raraju" was used. J. Meeus showed that an erroneous transliteration from French to Russian to German caused the name of this minor planet to be spelled incorrectly in the literature. The correct name Rarahu has officially been adopted in 1985 (M 10194).

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