Lysithea (moon)

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Discovered byS. B. Nicholson
Discovery dateJuly 6, 1938[1]
Avgdistance from the center of its orbital path11,720,000 km[2]
How long it takes to complete an orbit259.20 d (0.69 a)[2]
Average speed3.29 km/s
Angle above the reference plane
28.30° (to the ecliptic)
25.77° (to Jupiter's equator)[2]
What it orbitsJupiter
Size and other qualities
Average radius18 km[3]
Surface area~4100 km²
Volume~24,400 km³
Mass6.3×1016 kg
Average density2.6 g/cm³ (assumed)[3]
Surface gravity~0.013 m/s2 (0.001 g)
Escape velocity~0.022 km/s
How much light it reflects0.04 (assumed)[3]
Avg. surface temp.~124 K

Lysithea (/lˈsɪθiə/ ly-SITH-ee-ə, /liˈsɪθiə/ li-SITH-ee-ə; Greek: Λυσιθέα) is a prograde non-spherical moon of Jupiter. It was found by Seth Barnes Nicholson in 1938 at Mount Wilson Observatory[1] and is named after the mythological Lysithea, daughter of Oceanus and one of Zeus' lovers.[4]

Lysithea did not get its present name until 1975; before then, it was simply known as Jupiter X. It was sometimes called "Demeter"[5] from 1955 to 1975.

It belongs to the Himalia group, five moons orbiting between 11,000,000 and 13,000,000 km from Jupiter at an inclination of about 28.3°.[2] Its orbital elements are as of January 2000. They are changing a lot due to Solar and planetary perturbations.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Nicholson, S. B. (1938). "Two New Satellites of Jupiter". Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific 50: 292–293. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Jacobson, R. A. (2000). "The orbits of outer Jovian satellites". Astronomical Journal 120: 2679-2686. doi:10.1086/316817. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Planetary Satellite Physical Parameters". JPL (Solar System Dynamics). 2008-10-24. Retrieved 2008-12-12.
  4. Marsden, B. G. (7 October 1974). "Satellites of Jupiter". IAUC Circular 2846. 
  5. Payne-Gaposchkin, Cecilia; Katherine Haramundanis (1970). Introduction to Astronomy. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall. ISBN 0-134-78107-4.

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