Asteroid 411, Xanthe, was discovered on January 7, 1896 by Auguste Charlois, at Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France. It has a period of 5 years, 8 days and is 76.53 kilometers (about 47 1/2 miles) in diameter.

It was named for a water nymph (Oceanid) in Greek mythology, one of the daughters of Oceanus and Tethys. She was either a Naiad (goddess of bodies of fresh water) of a muddy stream or a Nephela (cloud goddess) of the yellow clouds of dusk and dawn. Her name means "blonde."

The astrological meaning of asteroid Xanthe seems to be: "yellow" (literally or figurative), "dumb blond(e)", undervalued for superficial reasons; possibly "having more fun, popular" or "information about something."

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