Asteroid 240, Vanadis, was discovered on August 27, 1884 by Alphonse Borrelly at Marseille, France. It has a period of 4 years, 128 days and is 103.9 kilometers (64 1/2 miles) in diameter.

It was named for the Norse goddess Freya, one of whose names is Vanadis ("the lady of the Vanir," a group of gods associated with fertility, wisdom and foresight).

Its astrological meaning seems to be: fascination, drawn along (Damien Foor).

The glyph for Vanadis was conceived by artist Murray Robertson as a symbol for vanadium (whose name comes from Vanadis) and is based on an ancient Norse statue of Freya.

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