Thursday 27 February 2014

Astronomy Scrapbook Friday 28th February 2014

On This Day
February 28th 1908 discovery of Jupiter Moon Pasiphae

This moon was first observed on a glass plate at the Royal Greenwich Observatory by  Philibert Melotte, a British astronomer who had Belgium parents.

It was not until 1975 that the moon was named Pasiphae who was the wife of Minos and mother of the Minotaur. From its discovery in 1908 until 1975 Pasiphae was simply known as Jupiter VIII.

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