Philibert Jacques Melotte
|Asteroids discovered: 1|
|676 Melitta||16 January 1909|
The asteroid 676 Melitta, the only one he discovered, is named after him, in a way. Its name is in fact 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 deep sky objects but not in Charles Messier's famous catalogue or in the New General Catalogue since it was not proved to be a true cluster until 1938 by the astronomer R J Trumpler.
- Melotte's Deep Sky Catalogue (page unavailable as of 04/27/2013)
- The Melotte Catalogue of Star Clusters
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