Asteroid 7244, Villa-Lobos, was discovered on August 5, 1991 by Eric W. Elst at the European Southern Observatory. It has a period of 4 years, 320 days.

It was named for Brazilian musician Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959), called one of the foremost Latin-American composers of the twentieth century. He traveled throughout Brazil extensively researching Afro-Brazilian music, and in 1930 he was appointed director of musical education in São Paulo. In 1945 he founded the Brazilian Academy of Music. His compositions, numbering about 2000, include operas, ballets, symphonies and pieces for solo instruments.

Heitor Villa-Lobos

The name Villa-Lobos is Spanish or Portuguese for "town of the wolves."

The astrological meaning of asteroid Villa-Lobos seems to be: "in the lion's den", a snake pit, in a bad or undesirable situation, a misstep.It may also have something to do with Brazilian music, or Heito Villa-Lobos' music or be a name asteroid for the name Villa-Lobos or Villalobos.

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