Rhea

(1905 RH )
CURRENT POSITION: 11 CAN 48
Incl: 5.30148
Eccent: 0.1552386
Period: 5.4882855106366 years
AU 3.111318
Type: 0000

Discovery Chart

20.10.1905 00:00 Heidelberg 8e43 49n24 observations 0

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Named for the daughter of Uranus and Gaea {see planet  (1184)}, sister and wife of Cronus, and mother of Zeus, Poseidon {see planets  (5731),  (4341)}, Hades, Demeter {see planet  (1108)}, Hera {see planet  (103)}, and Hestia {see planet  (46)}. Rhea was called “the mother of the gods” or the “great mother goddess”. Her Roman name was Tellus (or Terra) and her Phrygian name was Cybele {see planet  (65)}. (Z 228)

The naming might be influenced by the two letters of the provisional designation 1905 RH. See also the remarks to planet  (579). Rhea is also the name of the fifth satellite of Saturn, discovered 1672 by J. D. Cassini.

Discovered on 20-10-1905 in Heidelberg by Wolf, M. F.

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