(405) Thia

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Discovered 1895 July 23 by A. Charlois at Nice.

Named for one of the Titans, daughter of Uranus and Gaea {see planet  (1184)}. Her attribute was light and she was the mother of Helios (the Sun), Selene (the Moon, see planet  (580)), and Eos (the dawn, see planet  (221)). She married her brother Hyperion. After another source, Thia (or Thea, Theia) was a daughter of Chiron {see planet  (2060)} the centaur. She was ravished by Aeolus and feared that her father would know that she was pregnant. She was changed by Poseidon into a mare named Euippe and gave birth to a foal named Melanippe. Euippe became a constellation named the Horse. The foal was changed into a girl. (Z 262)

See also the remarks to planet  (356).

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