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# 2 Pallas

An ultraviolet image of Pallas

2 Pallas is the second asteroid discovered in the solar system. It was discovered by Heinrich Wilhelm Matthäus Olbers on March 28, 1802.[1] 2 Pallas is named after Pallas Athena, an alternate name for the goddess Athena.[2]

2 Pallas has a mass estimated to be 7% of the total mass of the asteroid belt.[3] The asteroid is the third largest asteroid in terms of mass and the second largest in terms of diameter.

## References

1. "JPL Small-Body Database Browser". ssd.jpl.nasa.gov. 2011 [last update]. Retrieved March 21, 2011.
2. Schmadel, Lutz D. (2003). Dictionary of minor planet names, Volume 1. Springer. p. 15. . Retrieved March 21, 2011.
3. Pitjeva, E. V. (2005). "High-Precision Ephemerides of Planets—EPM and Determination of Some Astronomical Constants" (PDF). Solar System Research 39 (3): 176. .