Pasiphaë (moon)

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Pasiphae
Pasiphaé.jpg
Discovery
Discovered byP. J. Melotte
Discovery dateJanuary 27, 1908
Names
Orbit
Shortest distance from what it orbits16,980,250 km[1]
Longest distance from what it orbits31,209,300 km[1]
Avgdistance from the center of its orbital path24,094,770 km[1]
How long it takes to complete an orbit764.082032 d (2.092 a)[1]
Average speed2.242 km/s
Angle above the reference plane
("inclination")
145.24° (to the ecliptic)
143.04° (to Jupiter's equator)[1]
What it orbitsJupiter
Size and other qualities
Average radius20 km[2]
18 km[3]
Surface area~11,300 km²
Volume~113,000 km³
Mass3.0×1017 kg
Average density2.6 g/cm³ (assumed)[2]
Surface gravity~0.022 m/s2 (0.002 g)
Escape velocity~0.036 km/s
How much light it reflects0.04 (assumed)[2]
0.10[3]
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. http://www.iop.org/EJ/article/1538-3881/120/5/2679/200233.html. 
  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.