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Saturday, August 11, 1877. :   American astronomer Asaph Hall discovers Phobos and Deimos, the two moons of Mars.

     Asaph Hall was born in Goshen, Connecticut, on 15 October 1829. He was an American astronomer, and is credited with discovering the two moons of Mars on 11 August 1877, though there is some dispute about the dates. Mars's two moons are Phobos, the larger and innermost, and Deimos, smaller and non-spherical. Hall named the two moons after the sons of Ares (Mars) from Greek Mythology. Phobos, one of the smallest moons of the known planets in the solar system, orbits less than 6000 km above the surface of Mars.

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