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This minor planet is named after the goddess Opis from Roman myth. Her Greek counterpart is Rhea. She is known for having mothered Neptune, Pluto, Ceres, Vesta, Juno, and Jupiter with her brother-husband Saturn. He was intent on swallowing all of their children, but Opis tricked him into eating a stone instead of Jupiter.

The symbol of this asteroid is a circle with up-facing moon inscribed in it, with a Jovian cross. This symbol represents both her lunar connections, her connections to both Jupiter and Saturn, and the rock swaddled in cloths.

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