(239) Adrastea

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Discovered 1884 Aug. 18 by J. Palisa at Vienna.

Named for a nymph of Crete to whose care Rhea {see planet  (577)} entrusted the infant Zeus {see planet  (5731)}. (H 29)

Named (BAJ Circ., No. 242 (1884)) by Mrs. Bertha Schneider. In that source, planet  (243) is named for another nurse of Zeus.

The name Adrastea has also been given to the satellite Jupiter XV.

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