Verenia

1983 RD. Discovered 1983 Sept. 12 by R. S. Dunbar at Palomar.

Named for the first vestal virgin consecrated by the legendary Roman king Numa Pompilius, builder of the temple of Vesta {see planet (4)}, in the eighth to seventh centuries B.C. This Amor object is the first V-Type (Vesta) asteroid known after (4) Vesta itself. It was under consideration for a flyby mission by the Clementine spacecraft in October 1995. (M 23540; M 23697)

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