Phoebe's true nature is revealed in startling clarity in this mosaic of two images taken during Cassini's flyby on June 11, Phoebe was discovered August by American astronomer William Pickering. Phoebe was the first target encountered upon the arrival of the Cassini spacecraft in the Saturn system in , and is thus unusually well-studied for an irregular moon of its size. Cassini's trajectory to Saturn and time of arrival were specifically chosen to permit this flyby. Phoebe is one of Saturn's most intriguing moons, orbiting at a distance of 8,, miles 12,, kilometers from the planet, almost four times the distance from Saturn than its nearest neighbor, the moon Iapetus. Phoebe and Iapetus are the only major moons in the Saturnian system that do not orbit closely to the plane of Saturn's equator. Phoebe is roughly spherical and has a mean radius of about Phoebe rotates on its axis every nine hours, and it completes a full orbit around Saturn in about 18 Earth months. Its irregular, elliptical orbit is inclined about degrees to Saturn's equator.
Phoebe is a Titaness whose consort was her brother Coeus , with whom she had two daughters, Leto , who bore Apollo and Artemis , and Asteria , a star-goddess who bore an only daughter, Hecate. Through Leto, Phoebe was the grandmother of Apollo and Artemis. The names Phoebe and Phoebus masculine came to be applied as synonyms for Artemis and Apollo respectively as well as for Selene and Helios. According to a speech, that Aeschylus in The Eumenides puts in the mouth of the Delphic priestess herself, Phoebe received control of the Oracle at Delphi from Themis : "Phoebe in this succession seems to be his private invention," D. Robertson noted, reasoning that in the three great allotments of oracular powers at Delphi, corresponding to the three generations of the gods, "Ouranos, as was fitting, gave the oracle to his wife Gaia and Kronos appropriately allotted it to his sister Themis. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
She was also the mother of Asteria and Hecate. The family relationships were described by Hesiod Theogony. In later mythology she was identified with the moon, as were Artemis and her Roman counterpart Diana.
She is best known for her bohemian lifestyle, silly wit, and guitar playing in Central Perk. Phoebe Abbott wasn't ready to be a mother as she didn't mean to get pregnant, so Lily and Frank adopted both twins and raised them together. Frank abandoned Lily and the twins soon after, and then later married another unknown woman. The children's step-father went to prison, and Lily committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning when putting her head in an oven. Phoebe was living on her own homeless on the streets of New York City by the age of When she was 18, she lived in a burnt-out Buick LeSabre.