Frédéric Petit (astronomer)

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Frédéric Petit

Frédéric Petit (Muret, 1810 – Toulouse, 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.


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