Asteroid 996, Hilaritas, was discovered on March 21, 1923 by Johann Palisa at Vienna, Austria. It has a period of 5 years, 156 days and is slightly over 18 miles in diameter.

Hilaritas is Latin for "cheerfulness"; the asteroid's name refers to Palisa's personality ("a happy and contented mind") and was given to it following his death in 1925.

Astrologically, Hilaritas seems to be about happy, cheerful, hilarious, "are you satisfied".

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