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209 Dido is a very large main-belt asteroid. It is classified as a C-type asteroid and is probably composed of carbonaceous materials. Like many asteroids of its type, it has an extremely low albedo.

It was discovered by C. H. F. Peters on October 22, 1879 in Clinton, New York and was named after the mythical Carthaginian queen Dido.

Photometric observations at the Palmer Divide Observatory during 2005 showed a rotation period of 5.7366 ± 0.0005 hours with a brightness variation of 0.17 ± 0.02 in magnitude.<ref name="mpb37_1_21"/>


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