Frédéric Petit (astronomer)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Frédéric Petit

Frédéric Petit (1810–1865) was a French astronomer. He was the first director of the Toulouse Observatory, located in Toulouse, France, serving from 1838–1865. In 1846 he announced that he had discovered a second moon of Earth.[1] The theory was later dismissed by his peers, although the concept of a second smaller satellite of the Earth was used by Jules Verne in his novel From the Earth to the Moon.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bakich, Michael E. (2000). The Cambridge Planetary Handbook. Cambridge University Press. pp. 145–146. ISBN 0-521-63280-3.