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(38) Leda

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Discovered 1856 Jan. 12 by J. Chacornac at Paris.

Named for the wife of the king of Sparta. By Jupiter, who had taken the form of a swan, she produced two eggs from one of which came Pollux and Helena {see planet  (101)} and from the other Castor and Klytemnaestra {see planet  (179)}. (H 6)

Named by U. J. J. Leverrier.

This planet could not be observed in its second apparition. It was rediscovered in its third opposition by W. Foerster. The name Leda has also been given to the satellite Jupiter XIII, discovered 1974 by C. Kowal.

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