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Aten is a sun god in ancient Egyptian mythology; his worship was instituted as the basis for the mostly monotheistic religion of Amenhotep IV (later named Akhenaton). Amenhotep did revere and believe in the existence of other deities, so the religion was not totally monotheistic, but Aten was venerated above and beyond other deities.

The Atens are a group of near-Earth asteroids, named after the first of the group to be discovered (2062 Aten[?], discovered January 7, 1976 by E. F. Helin). They have average orbital diameters closer than one astronomical unit (AU, the distance from the Earth to the Sun), placing them inside the orbit of Earth.

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