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86 Semele (sem'-i-lee) is a large and very dark main belt asteroid. It is probably composed of carbonates.

Semele was discovered by German astronomer Friedrich Tietjen on January 4, 1866. It was his first and only asteroid discovery. It is named after Semele, the mother of Dionysus in Greek mythology.


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