Pasiphaë (moon)

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Pasiphae
Pasiphaé.jpg
Discovery
Discovered byP. J. Melotte
Discovery dateJanuary 27, 1908
Orbital characteristics
Periapsis16,980,250 km[1]
Apoapsis31,209,300 km[1]
Mean orbit radius
24,094,770 km[1]
Eccentricity0.2953[1]
764.082032 d (2.092 a)[1]
2.242 km/s
Inclination145.24° (to the ecliptic)
143.04° (to Jupiter's equator)[1]
Satellite ofJupiter
Physical characteristics
Mean radius
20 km[2]
18 km[3]
~11,300 km²
Volume~113,000 km³
Mass3.0×1017 kg
Mean density
2.6 g/cm³ (assumed)[2]
~0.022 m/s2 (0.002 g)
~0.036 km/s
Albedo0.04 (assumed)[2]
0.10[3]
Temperature~124 K

Pasiphaë is one of Jupiter's moons. It was found in 1908 by Philibert Jacques Melotte and was named after Pasiphaë from Greek mythology, the wife of Minos and mother of Minotaur.

References[change | change source]

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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Planetary Satellite Physical Parameters". JPL (Solar System Dynamics). 2008-10-24. Retrieved 2008-12-12.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Williams, Dr. David R. (2007-11-23). "Jovian Satellite Fact Sheet". NASA (National Space Science Data Center). Retrieved 2008-12-12.