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In Milan, Italian astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli discovers the 69 Hesperia asteroid

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04/26/1861
Working at the Brera Observatory in Milan, astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli discovered the sixty-ninth asteroid found in this solar system.  He named it "Hesperia" after the classical Greek name for the Italian Peninsula.  An M-type minor planet in the main asteroid belt, Hesperia measures only 138.13 kilometers in diameter and has a 5.655 hour day and an 1,879 day year.  (By John Osborne)  
Source Citation: 
Patrick Moore, The Data Book of Astronomy (London: Institute of Physics, 2000), 132 

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