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An ultraviolet image of Pallas

2 Pallas is the second asteroid discovered in the solar system. It was discovered by Heinrich Wilhelm Matthäus Olbers on March 28, 1802.[1] 2 Pallas is named after Pallas Athena, an alternate name for the goddess Athena.[2]

2 Pallas has a mass estimated to be 7% of the total mass of the asteroid belt.[3] The asteroid is the third largest asteroid in terms of mass and the second largest in terms of diameter.