24 Themis is one of the largest Main belt asteroids. It is also the largest member of the Themis asteroid family. It was discovered by Annibale de Gasparis on April 5, 1853. It is named after Themis, the personification of natural law and divine order in Greek mythology. On October 7, 2009, the presence of water ice was confirmed on the surface of this asteroid using NASA’s Infrared Telescope Facility. The surface of the asteroid appears completely covered in ice. More information...
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