Triton (moon) & Triton (god) - Chateau fountain / Zámecká fontána - Klášterec nad Ohrí (North-West Bohemia)
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N 50° 23.067 E 013° 10.394
33U E 370132 N 5582972
Quick Description: Neptune's moon Triton bears name of a mythological Greek god and messenger of the sea - Triton. The given coordinates mark Tritons stone sculpture in fountain, located in the front of neo-Gothic Chateau Klášterec nad Ohrí (zámek Klášterec nad Ohrí).
Location: Ústecký kraj, Czechia
Date Posted: 5/3/2020 4:49:23 AM
Waymark Code: WM12D6T
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
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Long Description:

Neptune's moon Triton bears name of a mythological Greek god and messenger of the sea - Triton. The given coordinates mark Tritons stone sculpture in fountain, located in the front of neo-Gothic Chateau Klášterec nad Ohrí (zámek Klášterec nad Ohrí).

Triton is the largest natural satellite of the planet Neptune. It was discovered on October 10, 1846, by English astronomer William Lassell. It is the only large moon in the Solar System with a retrograde orbit, an orbit in the opposite direction to its planet's rotation. At 2700 kilometres in diameter, it is the seventh-largest moon in the Solar System. Because of its retrograde orbit and composition similar to Pluto's, Triton is thought to have been a dwarf planet captured from the Kuiper belt. Triton has a surface of mostly frozen nitrogen, a mostly water-ice crust, an icy mantle and a substantial core of rock and metal. The core makes up two-thirds of its total mass. Triton has a mean density of 2.061 g/cm3 and is composed of approximately 15–35% water ice.

Triton is one of the few moons in the Solar System known to be geologically active (the others being Jupiter's Io and Saturn's Enceladus). As a consequence, its surface is relatively young with sparse impact craters, and a complex geological history revealed in intricate cryovolcanic and tectonic terrains. Part of its surface has geysers erupting sublimated nitrogen gas, contributing to a tenuous nitrogen atmosphere less than 1/70 000 the pressure of Earth's atmosphere at sea level. [wiki]


The fountain was built as a part of the Baroque alterations of the Chateau complex, financed by the then owner of the estate, Michael Osvald count Thun and Hohenstein. Reconstruction under the direction of Italian architect Rossi de Lucca took place in the second half of the 17th century. The circular stone fountain with a diameter of 14 m has in its center a sculpture of two Tritons, the work of sculptor Jan Brokoff from 1686.


Triton is a mythological Greek god, the messenger of the sea. He is the son of Poseidon and Amphitrite, god and goddess of the sea respectively, and is herald for his father. He is usually represented as a merman where he has the upper body of a human and the tail of a fish, "sea-hued", according to Ovid "his shoulders barnacled with sea-shells".

Like his father, Poseidon, he carried a trident. However, Triton's special attribute was a twisted conch shell, on which he blew like a trumpet to calm or raise the waves. Its sound was such a cacophony, that when loudly blown, it put the giants to flight, who imagined it to be the roar of a dark wild beast.

Over time, Triton's class and image came to be associated with a class of mermaid-like creatures, the Tritons, which could be male or female, and usually formed the escort of marine divinities. Tritons were a race of sea gods and goddesses born from Triton. [wiki]

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Celestial Body: Other Moon in the Solar Sytem

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