Galatea

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In Greek mythology, Galatea was the name of a Sicilian Nereid loved by the Cyclops Polyphemus. It was also the name of the maiden who was originally a statue carved by Pygmalion and who was brought to life by Aphrodite.


Galatea is the fourth known moon of Neptune, named after the the Nereid of Greek legend. It was discovered in 1989 by Voyager 2 and very little is known about it. It is irregularly shaped and shows no sign of any geological modification.

  • Orbital radius: 62,000 km
  • Diameter: 158 km
  • Mass: Unknown
  • Orbital period: 0.428745 days
  • Orbital inclination: 0.05°