Pasiphaë (moon)

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Discovered by P. J. Melotte
Discovery date January 27, 1908
Shortest distance from what it orbits 16,980,250 km[1]
Longest distance from what it orbits 31,209,300 km[1]
Avgdistance from the center of its orbital path 24,094,770 km[1]
How long it takes to complete an orbit 764.082032 d (2.092 a)[1]
Average speed 2.242 km/s
Angle above the reference plane
145.24° (to the ecliptic)
143.04° (to Jupiter's equator)[1]
What it orbits Jupiter
Size and other qualities
Average radius 20 km[2]
18 km[3]
Surface area ~11,300 km²
Volume ~113,000 km³
Mass 3.0×1017 kg
Average density 2.6 g/cm³ (assumed)[2]
Surface gravity ~0.022 m/s2 (0.002 g)
Escape velocity ~0.036 km/s
How much light it reflects 0.04 (assumed)[2]
Avg. surface temp. ~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]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Jacobson, R. A. (2000). "The Orbits of the Outer Jovian Satellites". Astronomical Journal 120 (5): 2679–2686. doi:10.1086/316817. 
  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.