Carpo (moon)

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Discovered by Scott S. Sheppard et al.
Discovery date 2003
Avgdistance from the center of its orbital path 17.145 million km
How long it takes to complete an orbit 458.625 days
Angle above the reference plane
56° to the ecliptic
Size and other qualities
Average radius ~1.5km

Carpo or Jupiter XLVI, is a moon of Jupiter. It was found by a team of astronomers from the University of Hawaii led by Scott S. Sheppard in 2003, and was designated as S/2003 J 20[1][2] until it got its name in early 2005.[3]

Carpo is about 3 kilometres in diameter, and orbits Jupiter at an average distance of 17,145,000 km in 458.625 days, at an inclination of 56° to the ecliptic (55° to Jupiter's equator), and with an orbital eccentricity of 0.2736.

It was named in March 2005 after Carpo, one of the Horae, and a daughter of Zeus (Jupiter).

References[change | change source]

  1. IAUC 8125: S/2003 J 19 and S/2003 J 20 2003 April 30 (discovery)
  2. MPEC 2003-G67: S/2003 J 20 2003 April 14 (discovery and ephemeris)
  3. IAUC 8502: Satellites of Jupiter 2005 March 30 (naming the moon)