Megaclite (moon)

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Megaclite ( Jupiter XIX) is one of the smaller outer moons of Jupiter.


Megaclite was discovered on 25 November 2000 by astronomers at the University of Hawaii. It was initially provisional designation S/2000 J 8

It was named after the moon Megaclite, a lover of Zeus in Greek mythology.

Path data

Megaclite orbits Jupiter at an average distance of 23,806,000 km in 752 days and 19 hours. The track has an eccentricity of 0.421. With an inclination of 152.8 °, the track is retrograde, that is, the moon moves against the direction of rotation of Jupiter around the planet.

Because of their web properties is Megaclite the Pasiphae group, named after Jupiter's moon Pasiphae assigned.

Physical data

Megaclite has a diameter of about 5 km. Their density is estimated to be 2.6 g / cm ³. It is probably made ​​up predominantly of silicate rock. Megaclite has a very dark surface with an albedo of 0.04, i.e., only 4% of the incident sunlight is reflected. Their apparent brightness is 21.7 m.