2 Pallas

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An ultraviolet image of Pallas

2 Pallas is the second asteroid discovered in the solar system. It was discovered by Heinrich Wilhelm Matthäus Olbers on March 28, 1802.[1] 2 Pallas is named after Pallas Athena, an alternate name for the goddess Athena.[2]

2 Pallas has a mass estimated to be 7% of the total mass of the asteroid belt.[3] The asteroid is the third largest asteroid in terms of mass and the second largest in terms of diameter.

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  1. "JPL Small-Body Database Browser". ssd.jpl.nasa.gov. 2011 [last update]. Retrieved March 21, 2011. Check date values in: |year= (help)
  2. Schmadel, Lutz D. (2003). Dictionary of minor planet names, Volume 1. Springer. p. 15. ISBN 3540002383. Retrieved March 21, 2011.
  3. Pitjeva, E. V. (2005). "High-Precision Ephemerides of Planets—EPM and Determination of Some Astronomical Constants" (PDF). Solar System Research. 39 (3): 176. doi:10.1007/s11208-005-0033-2. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-09-07. Retrieved 2011-03-23.