Discovered 1905 Oct. 20 by M. F. Wolf at Heidelberg.

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.

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