Asteroid 74, Galatea, was discovered on August 29, 1862 by Wilhelm Tempel in Marseille, France.. It has a period of 4 years, 235 days and is about 73 3/4 miles in diameter.

In Greek mythology, the Cypriot sculptor Pygmalion, dissatisfied with the women around him, created his conception of an ideal woman as a marble statue, but the statue couldn't love him back, until Aphrodite decided to bring it to life for him. He named her Galatea.

Pygmalion and Galatea IV: The Soul Attains (1878) by British artist Sir Edward Burne-Jones (1833-1898)

Asteroid Galatea's astrological meaning seems to be: to try to make someone over in one's image or reform somebody, turn into a creature or flunky; possibly, to formulate or define what one wants.

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