Philibert Jacques Melotte
|676 Melitta||16 January 1909||MPC|
In 1908 he discovered a moon of Jupiter, today known as Pasiphaë. It was simply designated "Jupiter VIII" and was not given its present name until 1975. The outer main-belt asteroid 676 Melitta, the only asteroid he discovered, is named after the Attic form of the Greek Melissa, the bee, but its resemblance to the discoverer's name is not fortuitous.
The conspicuous star cluster in the Coma Berenices constellation is commonly designated Mel 111 since it appeared in Melotte's 1915 catalogue of star cluster but not in Charles Messier's famous catalogue of deep sky objects or in the New General Catalogue since it was not proved to be a true cluster until 1938 by the astronomer R J Trumpler.
Some notable objects from Melotte's 1915 catalogue of star clusters are:
- Melotte 2
- Melotte 7 (Owl or E.T. Cluster)
- Melotte 15 (Heart Nebula)
- Melotte 20 (Alpha Persei Cluster)
- Melotte 22 (Pleiades)
- Melotte 25 (Hyades)
- Melotte 33
- Melotte 64 (Caroline's Cluster)
- Melotte 80
- Melotte 102 (Theta Carinae Cluster)
- Melotte 103 (Wishing Well Cluster)
- Melotte 107 (Pearl Cluster)
- Melotte 111 (Coma Star Cluster)
- Melotte 125
- Melotte 140
- Melotte 145
- Melotte 153
- Melotte 178 (Butterfly Cluster)
- Melotte 201
- List of astronomical catalogues
- Collinder catalogue - a similar catalogue of open star clusters published by Per Collinder in 1931.
- "Minor Planet Discoverers (by number)". Minor Planet Center. 23 May 2016. Retrieved 22 June 2016.
- Hunter, A. (March 1962). "Obituary Notices: Philibert Jacques Melotte" (PDF). Quarterly Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society. 3: 48. Bibcode:1962QJRAS...3...48. Retrieved 22 June 2016.
- Schmadel, Lutz D. (2007). "(676) Melitta". Dictionary of Minor Planet Names – (676) Melitta. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. p. 66. doi:10.1007/978-3-540-29925-7_677. ISBN 978-3-540-00238-3.
- Melotte, P. J. "A Catalogue of Star Clusters shown on Franklin-Adams Chart Plates", MmRAS, 1915
- The Coma Berenices star cluster (Melotte 111)
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