(204) Kallisto

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Discovered 1879 Oct. 8 by J. Palisa at Pola.

Named for the mother of Arcas, king of Arcadia, by Zeus {see planets  (1020) and  (5731)}. She was changed by Zeus into the constellation Ursa, and Arcas was translated into a bear keeper, located in the heavens behind his mother as her guardian. (Z 28)

Named by Th. von Oppolzer at the request of the discoverer.

This name was also given by Simon Marius to the fourth satellite of Jupiter, discovered 1610 by Galilei.

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