45 Eugenia

This minor planet is named after Doña María Eugenia Ignacia Augustina de Palafox y KirkPatrick, 16th Countess of Teba, 15th Marchioness of Ardales (1826 – 1920)… or Empress Eugénie de Montijo for short, a French monarch from the time of the discovery. It is sequentially the first minor planet that was named after a real person.

The symbol for this asteroid is simple - a Latin capital letter E, with a crown on top of it.


This asteroid has two moons, one of which is named Petit-Prince, partially in honor of Empress Eugénie's son, and partially as a reference to Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's story The Little Prince. For another asteroid that is named in honor of this story, see 46610 Bésixdouze.

The symbol for this minor planet moon is derived from the parent body: a Latin capital letter P with a crown.

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