Asteroid 1488 Aura, was discovered on December 15, 1938 by Yrjo Vaisala at Turku, Finland. It has a period of 5 years, 108 days.

It was named for the Aura River in Finland, on which the city of Turku is located.

The Aura River at Halinan in southern Finland

The meaning of asteroid Aura, according to Henk Middleraad, is: glow. It might also have to do with the distinctive atmosphere or quality that seems to surround and be generated by a person, thing, or place; the paranormal phenomenon known as the aura; the Aura River and the surrounding region in Finland; or breezes (which the ancient Greeks described as nymphs and called the Aurae).

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