Carpo (moon)

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Discovered by Scott S. Sheppard et al.
Discovery time 2003
Avgdistance from the center of its orbital path 17.145 million km
How egg-shaped its orbit is
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 distance from its center to its surface ~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)