1051 Merope

This minor planet is named after Merope, one of the Pleiades of Greek myth. These seven sisters (Maia, Electra, Taygete, Alcyone, Celaeno, Sterope, and Merope), daughters of Atlas and Pleione, are most commonly known as the namesakes for the brightest members of the Pleiades star cluster. Merope, the youngest, was sometimes said to have been wooed by either Orion or Sisyphus.

The symbol is a small Greek letter M, between two circular hemispheres representing the sisters hanging between heaven and earth.

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