Asteroid 2578, Saint-Exupery, was discovered on November 2, 1975 by Tamara Smirnova at Nauchnyj, Ukraine. It has a period of 5 years, 72 days.

It was named for French aviator, World War II resistance fighter, and author Antoine de Saint-Exupery (officially Antoine Marie Jean-Baptiste Roger, comte [count] de Saint Exupéry; 1900-1944). His best-known work is perhaps The Little Prince (1943).

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The meaning of asteroid Saint-Exupery seems to be: transitory relationships or encounters, missing and presumed lost or dead, deus ex machina, to descend on others, aviation.

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