Autonoe (moon)

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Autonoe or Jupiter XXVIII, is a moon of Jupiter. It was found by a team of astronomers from the University of Hawaii led by Scott S. Sheppard in 2001, and given the designation S/2001 J 1.[1][2][3]

Autonoe is about 4 kilometres in diameter, and orbits Jupiter at an average distance of 24,264,000 km in 772.168 days, at an inclination of 151° to the ecliptic (150° to Jupiter's equator), with an orbital eccentricity of 0.369.

It belongs to the Pasiphaë group, non-spherical retrograde moons orbiting Jupiter at distances ranging between 22,800,000 and 24,100,000 km, and with inclinations ranging between 144.5° and 158.3°.

Autonoe was named in August 2003 after the Greek mythological figure Autonoe, conquest of Zeus (Jupiter),[4] mother of the Charites (Gracies), according to some authors.[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. IAUC 7900: Satellites of Jupiter 2002 May 16 (discovery)[dead link]
  2. MPEC 2002-J54: Eleven New Satellites of Jupiter2002 May 15 (discovery and ephemeris) Archived 2012-04-02 at WebCite
  3. MPEC 2002-V03: S/2001 J 1 2002 November 1 (revised ephemeris)
  4. IAU Website: Satellites of Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus
  5. "USGS Astrogeology: Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature - Planetary Body Names and Discoverers". Archived from the original on 2007-07-26. Retrieved 2007-12-09.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)