446 Aeternitas

This minor planet is named after the Roman goddess Aeternitas, the personification of infinity. She was sometimes considered a daughter of Jupiter. In the cult-like Roman state religion, this goddess was one of the divine symbols that deified the emperor. She was depicted in coinage with a number of different symbols: a cornucopia, a scepter, a globe, a diadem, a phoenix, and the ouroboros — all symbols of cyclical time and dominion over the world.

The symbol for this minor planet distills down that iconography into a simple representation of eternity. It consists of a pair of phoenix wings, as in the constellation Phoenix, with a small circle floating above it, representing simultaneously the diadem, the globe, and the ouroboros: all unbroken loops, all symbols of the unending nature of infinity.

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