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Leda(lē`də), in Greek mythology, daughter of Thestios, king of Aetolia, and wife of Tyndareus, king of Sparta. According to most legends, she was seduced by Zeus, who visited her in the form of a swan. She bore two eggs; from one issued Castor and Pollux, from the other Helen (and, in some myths, Clytemnestra). Castor and Clytemnestra, however, are usually said to be the offspring of Tyndareus.
Leda(lē`də), in astronomy, one of the 39 known moons, or natural satellites, of JupiterJupiter
, in astronomy, 5th planet from the sun and largest planet of the solar system. Astronomical and Physical Characteristics
Jupiter's orbit lies beyond the asteroid belt at a mean distance of 483.6 million mi (778.
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Leda(lee -dă) A small satellite of Jupiter, discovered in 1974 by Charles T. Cowall. See Jupiter's satellites; Table 2, backmatter.
in ancient Greek mythology, the wife of Tyndareus, king of Sparta. Attracted by her beauty, Zeus united with her, having taken the form of a swan. From this union Leda brought into the world two eggs from which Helen and the Dioscuri (Castor and Polydeuces) were eventually born. The union of Leda with Zeus in the form of a swan is a favorite subject in Hellenistic reliefs, the mural paintings in Pompeii, and painting of a later period (especially 15th- and 16th-century Italian painting: Leonardo da Vinci, Il Perugino, Correggio, Veronese, and Tintoretto).
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