38 Leda

Not to be confused with Jupiter XIII Leda; same referent.

This minor planet, not to be confused with the moon of Jupiter that shares the same referent, is named after a mortal woman from Greek myth, the mother of Helen and the twins Castor and Pollux. She was approached and seduced by Zeus in the form of a swan, and as a result of this strange encounter she laid two eggs that hatched her children.

The symbol for this minor planet is a swan, as Cygnus, with two circles inside representing Leda's two eggs.

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